The Kingston Health Sciences Center will soon require visiting patients to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entering Kingston General Hospital or Hotel Dieu Hospital.
The policy will take effect on October 22, 2021 and “aligns with the launch of the provincial digital vaccine passport program,” the hospital said in a press release.
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“As a provider of specialty care to more than half a million people in Southeastern Ontario, we are taking this necessary additional step to protect the region’s most vulnerable patients, their families and our staff from COVID-19,” said Elizabeth. Bardon, KHSC Incident Commander.
“We must do everything we can to ensure that we can continue to provide care in the face of the next waves of COVID-19 in Ontario.”
Photo ID will also be required when showing proof of vaccination. The hospital said it is “mirroring” what is being done in most commercial establishments and other hospitals in Ontario.
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They add that the current limit for family visitors is two per inpatient, but visitors must enter one at a time.
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“We recognize the important role of families in the lives of hospitalized patients. This is an additional way that families can help keep our hospital safe for their loved ones. Additionally, we consult with our patient experience advisers who support taking these additional precautions to help keep people safe and limit future outbreaks of COVID within the hospital, ”says Bardon.
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