2021 Media News

Ontario home care companies to require COVID-19 vaccinations for staff

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By VHA
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As leaders of organizations providing government funded home care in Ontario, we have made the decision to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all of our team members. As an integral part of the continuum of care for our clients, we are proud to join our partners across the health system in taking this important step toward ending this pandemic.

We have listened to our clients and their concerned family members, and to our staff, the vast majority of whom have already been vaccinated voluntarily. While the home care sector has remained the safest across the health system, with very little transmission of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, with the rise of the highly transmissible Delta and other variants, we are choosing to do even more to keep our vulnerable clients and our staff safe.

Together, our 23 companies provide the majority of government funded home care across the province, serving tens of thousands of people in their homes every day. Providing nursing, personal support, rehabilitation and other therapy services, we help people return home from hospital, and we support people to live at home, where they want to be. We recognize the important role we play in the health system, and for this reason, we state the following:

  • We will support, educate, and actively help any of our non vaccinated staff without a valid medical exemption, so that they feel safe and motivated to become vaccinated against COVID-19;
  • We call on our funders and referral sources to support our direction and to work collaboratively with us to mitigate any capacity challenges as we work through the next several weeks; and
  •  We call on all leaders of healthcare organizations to implement, at a minimum, a policy to hire only vaccinated health care providers, to help stabilize the healthcare work force by preventing movement between employers

We are extremely proud of our staff who have demonstrated their dedication to our clients over and over through the last many months. Today, we join other healthcare leaders to help build a fully vaccinated health care workforce across the province. Details of our plans to work together to move to full vaccination will be outlined in the coming weeks, as we collaborate with our leaders and team members to implement a smooth and timely process.

 

1to1 Rehab – Stephanie Hayes, Chief Executive Officer

Acclaim Health – Angela Brewer, Chief Executive Officer

Bayshore HealthCare – Stuart Cottrelle, President

CANES Community Care – Gord Gunning, Chief Executive Officer

Carefor – Steve Perry, Chief Executive Officer

CarePartners – Linda Knight, Chief Executive Officer

CBI Health – Jon Hantho, President and CEO

Circle of Care – Carey Lucki, Chief Executive Officer

Closing the Gap Healthcare – Leighton McDonald, President and CEO

Communicare Therapy – Cindy Harrison, President and CEO

GEM Healthcare – Gaye Moffett, President and CEO

Integrated Rehab Professionals – Angela Dye, Chief Executive Officer

Kawartha Therapy Services – Mary Ann Story, Owner/Manager

Nightingale Nursing Reg. Ltd. – Sally Harding, President and CEO

ONE CARE Home and Community Support Services – Kathy Scanlon, Executive Director

Partners in Community Nursing – Theresa Henderson, President

Right at Home Canada – Dani DePetrillo, Chief Operating Officer

RNS Healthcare Services Inc – Angela Westheuser, President and CEO

SE Health – Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO

Spectrum Health Care – Sandra Ketchen, President and CEO

SRT MedStaff – Marlene Klewans, President and CEO

VHA Home HealthCare – Kathryn Nichol, President and CEO

VON – Jo-Anne Poirier, President and CEO

 

To view this announcement in French, please click here. To read more about COVID-19 vaccination at VHA Home HealthCare, please visit our COVID page.