Visitors will need to be fully vaccinated to visit Brampton Civic Hospital beginning Oct. 18

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Published September 29, 2021 at 4:40 pm

All visitors and essential care partners will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter any William Osler Health System facility beginning Oct. 18.

The mandate includes Brampton Civic Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

“The new requirement represents Osler’s continued commitment to support the safety and well-being of all those who receive care, visit, or work at Osler and is consistent with its Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for staff, physicians and volunteers,” an Osler spokesperson said in a news release.

“This policy change is also consistent with the province’s direction to require proof of vaccination in order to access many non-essential businesses and settings.”

Beginning Oct. 18, all visitors and essential care partners, 12 years old or older, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 along with photo identification upon entering the hospital. Some medical exemptions apply.

There are also clinical exemptions for those visitors who need to enter the hospital to support patients during an unpredictable and urgent circumstance, including end of life and unexpected labour and delivery of a baby.

“At Osler, we understand how important it is for patients to have family members by their side,” said Kiki Ferrari, Osler’s chief operating officer.

“The communities served by Osler are now in the midst of a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is more important than ever to take every step we can to further support the safety and well-being of those who receive care, visit, or work in Osler’s facilities.”

Medical exemptions will be managed through an appeals process in coordination with Osler’s Patient Experience Office during regular business hours. Clinical exemptions are also included in the policy and explained fully on Osler’s website and social media channels.

To ensure patients stay connected with their loved ones while in the hospital Osler has a centralized, in-person visitation team available 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to schedule visitation appointments. This resource supports a patient and family connection, along with Osler’s Virtual Visitation Program, that allows patients to video chat with their loved one while in the hospital.

For more information on the policy and how to schedule an in-person visit, visit the website.

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