Ontario sees 321 new COVID-19 cases as long-term care homes call for vaccine mandate for health workers – CBC

Ontario Long-term Care Association says province should require vaccines for all health workers

Aug 10, 2021

Ontario reported 321 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, while the organization that represents a majority of long-term care homes in the province called on the government to mandate vaccines for health-care workers in all settings.

In a statement, the Ontario Long-term Care Association said that a provincial mandate would be the most effective way to curb the threat posed by the highly infectious delta variant.

“Clear policy from the Ontario government will create consistency across all long-term care homes, hospitals, home care and other health-care services providing peace of mind to residents, patients, staff and their families across the province,” said Donna Duncan, CEO of the association.

The Ontario Medical Association and Registered Nurses Association of Ontario have also made similar calls on the government.

In her statement, Duncan also urged the province and its “relevant scientific partners” to explore the possibility of booster shots for residents, staff and essential caregivers ahead of an emerging fourth wave of the illness.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-ontario-august-10-2021-ltca-call-vaccine-mandate-1.6135912

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