KAWARTHA LAKES: Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes ltd. is instituting a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all of their homes.
“Effective November 1st, 2021: all staff, including those contracted to provide resident care; students and volunteers, who work in any of our 15 long-term care and 10 retirement homes must show proof of all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization (WHO). Those who are not fully vaccinated and do not fall under the exemption criteria, including medical and religious reasons, will be placed on unpaid leave,” a Caressant Care press release, sent out on Tuesday, September 7th, read.
In a statement, Stuart Oakley, Communications and Marketing Manager for Caressant Care, explained why the long-term care home company is putting this policy in place.
“With cases continuing to rise, as we head into [the autumn] and concerns over the Delta and other variants of COVID-19, Caressant Care recognizes the importance of immunization of staff, student placements, and volunteers, due to the nature of their work with vulnerable seniors and potential for exposure in the community. This COVID-19 policy aims to protect the home’s population, including residents, staff, and volunteers. Every employee in our organization has chosen older adult care as their profession, and therefore has a responsibility to protect those entrusted in their care,” the statement read.
Dan Cearns, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Standard Newspaper