Province says long-term care staff must either prove they’ve got the shot, have a good reason why not, or attend class on vaccine benefits

Long-term care homes must have new vaccination policies in place by July 1

The Province of Ontario has made it mandatory for long-term care homes to have COVID-19 immunization policies for staff.

Queen’s Park has mandated that all long-term care homes in the province put in place policies that require staff members to do one of the following: provide proof of vaccination of each dose, provide a documented medical reason for not being vaccinated, or participate in an educational program about the benefits of vaccination and the risks of not being vaccinated.

“Widespread vaccination within long-term care homes is the best way to protect residents, staff and their families,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “We want to build on the success of our long-term care vaccination campaign to date. That’s why we’re leading the way with new measures to promote full immunization among long-term care staff.”

Homes will be required to track and report on the implementation of their policies, including overall staff immunization rates. The status of individuals will not be shared with the province.

Long-term care homes must have their COVID-19 staff immunization policies fully implemented by July 1, 2021.