Hamilton Health Sciences removes proof of vaccination mandate for hospital visitors

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Published February 28, 2022 at 4:45 pm

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) will no longer require visitors of its hospitals to show proof of vaccination, as of Tuesday. Masks will still be mandatory.

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) will no longer require visitors of its hospitals to show proof of vaccination, as of Tuesday (Mar. 1).

“With evidence of decreased community prevalence of COVID-19, including declining hospital admissions, high rates of vaccination among citizens and zero outbreaks, we are easing restrictions…,” said HHS in an official announcement.

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All visitors will still be required to screen for symptoms of COVID-19. They will also still be required to wear a mask.

“We will continue to provide medical masks to visitors at designated hospital entrances,” HHS continued. “However, visitors and patients who choose to wear their own clean, well-fitting mask (N95 or KN95), will be permitted to do so.”

Hamilton Health Sciences removes proof of vaccination mandate for hospital visitors

The organization added that it recognizes vaccination as the “most powerful defense against COVID-19” and encourages “everyone to get vaccinated.”

The Ontario government is removing nearly all of its COVID-19 restrictions this week — including vaccine passports at indoor non-essential settings.

Meanwhile, the president and CEO of HHS called for ‘swift’ action last week to address problems in health care that have intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an op-ed piece, HHS’s Rob MacIsaac outlined some of the impacts of the pandemic on the Canadian health-care system and how, in its current state, communities will be left vulnerable unless efforts are made to fix it.

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