Government Issues Guide to Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Health Care Providers

As we discussed in our recent blog, on August 16, 2021, the government of Ontario announced its plan to require employers in the Health, Education and Congregate Care sectors to implement vaccination policies requiring employees to either be vaccinated or undergo regular rapid antigen testing as a condition of active duty.

Today, the Ministry of Health released a Resource Guide for health care employers that provides further guidance on how these requirements apply, which employees are impacted, what type of proof of vaccination is acceptable, the education sessions employees who refuse to be vaccinated for medical reasons must attend, rapid testing and results management, among other things.

While this Resource Guide technically does not apply to agencies regulated by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS), it does provide helpful guidance on what we can expect MCCSS to produce – hopefully in the coming days.

Stay tuned for further analysis of the Resource Guide and any further guidance that MCCSS releases here!  In the meantime, if you require legal assistance in drafting these policies, we encourage you to reach out to your regular PooranLaw lawyer, or any member of our team.

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