Unvaccinated Ontario long-term care workers will have to participate in educational program
I have mixed feelings about this. Surely it’s going to convince some of the people on the fence to climb over to the right side of it, but there’s just as much chance of it being resented by those whose minds are already made up, which is only going to create distrust and make future problems worse. But at the end of the day I think I’m mostly in favour of it, because sitting back and doing nothing isn’t an option. COVID is our immediate concern, but there isn’t much excuse in an industry like this one for not being vaccinated against absolutely everything. Honestly, if the classes don’t work, the next place they ought to send them is to a job fair. If you can’t be bothered to protect the people in your care, you need a new line of work. Ideally one that isn’t going to expose others to your heartlessness and bad decision making.
Workers at long-term care homes who chose not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will soon have to participate in an educational program on the benefits of vaccination, unless they can provide proof of a medical reason for refusing the shot.
About 88 per cent of long-term care home workers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine though only 66 per cent are fully immunized. That lags significantly behind the vaccination rate among residents, 97 per cent of whom are now fully immunized.