Report: Ontario to mandate vaccinations for hospital and long-term care workers

Toronto Star says the province will begin targeted booster shots

Apparently, Premier Doug Ford has had a change of heart when it comes to mandatory COVID-19 vaccines.

A number of reports indicate the government is going to mandate vaccines for hospital and long-term care workers. The Toronto Star says the government will also begin targeted booster shots and keep current pandemic restrictions in place indefinitely. Booster shots will be administered to vulnerable elderly people and the immunocompromised. 

Workers who refuse to get a jab will be required to take an education session on the merits of vaccines, and those who still refuse will be required to get tested twice a week.

With a fourth wave of the pandemic looming over the province as a result of the more contagious Delta variant, the Star says Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, will announce the new measures next Tuesday.

The province has reported more than 500 COVID-19 cases each of the last two days for the first time since mid-June.