Ontario long-term care staff must have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to go to work today.
Staff who do not present proof of a first dose must instead show a medical exemption in order to enter a long-term care home for work.
Today had been set as the deadline for workers to be fully vaccinated against the virus, but the Ministry of Long-Term Care has postponed that date until December 13.
COVID-19: Ontario Extends Deadline for Long-Term Care Staff to Be Fully Vaccinated
It says the change was made to accommodate the new guidance on vaccine dose ranges from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
Government data on Friday morning showed that 98 percent of long-term care workers had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips announced the industry-wide mandate last month, saying more action was needed to protect vulnerable residents from COVID-19.
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