VHA Home Healthcare (VHA) | Position Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination
May 4, 2021
In accordance with the most recent recommendations from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Health Canada guidelines, VHA strongly encourages vaccination of all eligible staff/service providers, as soon as it is available to you, to maximize safety and reduce harm associated with COVID-19.
Vaccination Status: COVID-19 vaccination status is private, personal health information. To protect the privacy of individuals, we ask VHA staff/service providers not to share their personal vaccination status, and we ask that you not ask others about their vaccination status. As COVID-19 vaccination status is confidential and, in alignment with Ontario Health, VHA will not adjust its scheduling and service delivery based on vaccination status.
Safety Measures: Regardless of vaccination status, all VHA staff/service providers will continue to complete daily COVID-19 self-assessment screening and follow required infection prevention and control protocols. Clients and families are also asked to wear masks in care situations where social distancing (2 meters/6 feet) cannot be maintained.
Additional Information: While strongly encouraged to vaccinate, vaccination for health care workers and/or clients, is not currently mandatory by law and the decision to vaccinate is voluntary, with everyone having the right to choose. Should you have questions or need more information about COVID-19 vaccination, please consult with your primary health care provider. Additional information is also available for staff/service providers on VHA’s intranet and for clients and families on VHA’s website (www.vha.ca).
VHA will continue to follow public health guidance and legislation regarding COVID-19 vaccination and will amend this position statement as required.