Ontario hospital places 140 staff on unpaid leave for failing to meet COVID vaccination deadline


WINDSOR, Ont. — More than 100 staff members at a Windsor, Ont., hospital are being placed on unpaid leave for not receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine doses by a set deadline.

Windsor Regional Hospital says the 140 staff members who did not receive their first shots by Sept. 22 have until Oct. 7 to do so.

After that date, the hospital says employees who remain unvaccinated will have their jobs terminated or privileges suspended.

It says the 140 people represent approximately four per cent of the hospital’s workforce.

A statement from the hospital says the final number of unvaccinated staff after Oct. 7 will likely be lower because some were set to receive their first doses on Wednesday.

The workplace policy follows a directive from Ontario’s top public health doctor requiring all hospitals to develop COVID-19 vaccination policies.

Dr. Kieran Moore’s directive tells hospitals to, at a minimum, require regular virus testing for unvaccinated workers.

Windsor Regional Hospital and several others have introduced stricter policies that include possible termination for people who don’t get the shots.

The hospital’s CEO says the policy puts the safety of patients, the community and team members first.

“Our … team members responded by showing the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine,” David Musyj said in a statement.

“The individuals who have not complied with the policy and decided not to be vaccinated will not impact the provision of clinical or non-clinical care to our community.” — National Post

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