St. Mary’s General Hospital says it has begun issuing suspension notices to employees who are not fully vaccinated.
The move comes just days before the deadline for staff to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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More than a month ago, the province’s medical health officer, Dr. Kieran Moore, issued a directive that all hospitals should have a vaccination policy by September 7.
The hospital says it has been working to educate staff and answer any questions or concerns on the subject ever since.
“We are doing everything we can to protect the safety of the patients we care for and our staff with this policy,” stated SMGH President Lee Fairclough.
“We have taken a measured approach since the policy went into effect on September 7, understanding that everyone must make their own decisions, but that, as healthcare providers, it is our duty and responsibility to take all possible steps to protect those who we care and who to work with. “
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Fairclough says 98 percent of the staff are currently fully vaccinated, and some of the remainder have indicated that they will do the same.
The hospital has given employees an Oct. 12 deadline to receive their first hit or they will be put on leave without pay the next day.
It says there are plans in place to fill any potential staffing gaps that may arise.
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