More Ontario Hospitals terminate staff over COVID-19 vaccine

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In a trend that seems to have no imminent end, news across the northeastern region of Ontario reports the termination of at least 80 hospital workers.  The immediate reasoning provided is that these individuals have lost their jobs “for not following the new rules around COVID vaccines.”

In Sudbury, Health Sciences North did sever employment for approximately 53 employees last week for not complying with the vaccination policy.

Included in this number are 14 full-time staff, 32 part-time employees and seven casual workers. The hospital further indicated that 17 of those who were terminated were nurses.

Not a new story, resistance to getting the COVID-19 shot or disclosing vaccination status, has been witnessed in many health organizations.  At this time, 11 workers have been fired at the North Bay hospital, 11 at the Timmins and District Hospital and 13 at Sault Area Hospital: eight nurses and five support staff.

West Nipissing General Hospital has indicated that their organization is still early in the process and currently has eight employees who were sent home without pay. In addition to this, two are working on getting fully vaccinated and are expected to return to work.

With the concerns around the organizational capacity of the respective hospitals being affected by these staffing decision, all the hospitals have noted that these terminations represent “a small fraction of their workforce and that it will have no impact on the care patients receive.”

–with files from cbc.ca