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CGMH Continues to Implement Internal Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital is committed to the safety of its patients, visitors and staff, as the hospital stands strong on its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for hospital employees and credentialled staff. The province recently announced that is not willing to support a provincially mandated vaccination policy. The decision now lies with each hospital which can continue to implement and/or uphold COVID-19 vaccination policies that were established in recent weeks/months.

"CGMH continually expressed its support to reach 100% full vaccination of all employees, midwives and credentialed staff, in line with other hospitals in Central Region, but conducted this process through a measured approach which included a fulsome risk assessment to ensure all services and programs would continue to be provided," says Norah Holder, CGMH president and CEO.

Team CGMH has been provided with ample time to send in their proof of vaccination, receive the required education and have their questions answered, but ultimately, the deadline of November 30th remains unchanged for any unvaccinated Team CGMH member to receive their second dose of the vaccine or provide proof of an approved accommodation for medical exemption, and/or exemption under the Ontario Human Rights Code, or be placed on unpaid leave.

"The decision to move forward with a mandatory vaccination policy is strongly supported by both the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) and the hospital's Board of Directors," says Dr. Michael Lisi, CGMH Chief of Staff. "Requiring vaccination for COVID-19 is consistent with the approach that hospitals are required to take with respect to other infectious diseases, and we want to do everything we can to protect all of our patients, but especially those that are immune compromised, fighting other diseases and require more frequent hospital visits."

Over the past two months, 97% of employees, midwives and credentialled staff have provided proof of full vaccination or completed the vaccination process. While this number is very positive, science has demonstrated that vaccinations - alongside other measures like mandatory screening upon entry, masking, and physical distancing - are the most effective way to fight COVID-19 and keep each other safe. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and maximizing vaccination rates are essential to defeating the virus.

COVID-19 spreads easily among unvaccinated individuals - as Ontario has seen throughout the pandemic and transmission to a hospitalized patient can have significant consequences.

"CGMH must continue to do everything possible to safeguard our patients, families, community and those who provide their care, and we believe our community expects that of us," says Holder.

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