St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton reports 90% of staff is vaccinated ahead of deadline

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Published October 8, 2021 at 4:48 pm

If 100 per cent of staff is not vaccinated against COVID-19 by November, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) will implement a policy making it mandatory.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) is reporting that of its nearly 6,000 staff members, over 90 per cent are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As of Friday (Oct. 8), 99 per cent of physicians have received both doses.

Should the overall number fall short of 100 per cent, St. Joe’s will be implementing a mandatory vaccination policy in November. Maria Hayes, the organization’s Senior Public Affairs Specialist, says the details of that deadline — including an exact date — are still being finalized.

“SJHH is taking a progressive approach to reach 100 per cent of all eligible healthcare workers being vaccinated through mandatory education and testing,” said Hayes. “Should this process result in less than 100 per cent of eligible health care workers being vaccinated in the weeks ahead, SJHH will move to mandatory vaccination in November.”

Meanwhile, 2.7 per cent of SJHH staff and physicians have reported being partially vaccinated — which should indicate they will receive their second dose soon.

6.6 per cent of staff have medical or religious exemptions, have not responded, have a deferred notification, or are simply refusing vaccination. Under the policy, they would all be treated as unvaccinated, according to Hayes.

At the time of publication, Hamilton Health Sciences did not respond to a request for staff vaccination data.

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