High rate of vaccinations among staff at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington

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Published October 13, 2021 at 4:34 pm

With a Nov. 1 deadline looming, more than 90 per cent of Joseph Brant Hospital staff has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination.

According to a JBH spokesperson, 91 per cent of hospital staff have had the first dose of the vaccine and 89 per cent of them are fully vaxxed. Among credentialed staff such as physicians and midwives, 98.2 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Brant’s vaccine mandate followed direction from the provincial Ministry of Health. The mandate also covers learners and volunteers.

“Our goal is to have everyone who works at, and with, JBH to be fully vaccinated,” said a hospital spokesperson.

“To that end, our policy requires all eligible individuals (those without a medical or Human Rights Code exemption) to be fully vaccinated following a transition period of mandatory vaccine education and twice-weekly rapid antigen testing.”

That transition period ends Nov. 1, at which point hospital administration will have to start making decisions about suspending, laying off or terminating non-compliant individuals.

Unlike some other GTA hospitals, there is no mandatory vaccination policy for Essential Care Partners and hospital visitors. Vendors, however, must be fully vaccinated.

“We are monitoring approaches taken by other hospitals, gathering information from infection prevention and control experts, and will continue to follow Ministry of Health guidance applicable to hospitals.”

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