Unvaccinated Workers Could be Hired at Ontario Hospital Amid Staff Shortages
The health network is reviewing its COVID-19 vaccination policy to try and hire unvaccinated healthcare workers. Hospitals across Canada are suffering from staff shortages that have led to patients not getting the care they need. Now, the health network is trying to find people who want to work regardless of their vaccination status.
The health network runs four hospitals in Chesley, Durham, Kincardine, and Walkerton. All of them had to close down their Emergency Departments due to staff shortages. The network issues a memo that is reviewing its COVID-19 vaccination policy and gauging staff reaction to the option of hiring unvaccinated healthcare workers.
Anne Laxton, a registered nurse, explained that when she applied to work at the hospital system, Anne was rejected because she did not get the COVID-19 vaccines for personal reasons. However, she is willing to work and wants the hospital to hire her. She also stated that she does not have a problem in wearing full PPE while she works.
Notably, these hospitals have COVID-19-positive healthcare workers working due to staff shortages.
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