HPHA approves mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for staff, physicians and midwives

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The Huron-Perth Healthcare Alliance has approved mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, physicians and midwives.

At the HPHA board meeting on August 5th, the Board of Directors endorsed the measure, in order to ensure staff safety and also to continue “strengthening vaccine confidence.”

The release states that currently 88 percent of staff, 93 percent of physicians and 89 percent of midwives within the HPHA umbrella have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 83  ercent, 92 percent and 81 percent respectively having received both doses.

The board also approved a measure stating that all volunteers “will be required to be fully vaccinated when volunteer programs are reintroduced and students, absent of documented medical reasons, will require vaccines.”

Additionally, all unvaccinated HPHA members will be required to “participate in mandatory COVID-19 education and undergo regular COVID-19 testing, to be introduced later in the summer, prior to scheduled shifts.”

“The Board of Directors’ primary accountability is the safety of those receiving and providing care at our four hospital sites,” says Ron Lavoie, HPHA Board Chair. “As one of the largest employers in Huron and Perth Counties we also feel it is important to reinforce how essential vaccines are to all of us.”

“With the Delta Variant becoming more prevalent, and the possibility of a Wave 4, we feel all responsible strategies need to be introduced to increase vaccine rates,” added Andrew Williams, HPHA President & CEO.

“Our Team has had first-hand experience of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on patients, families and communities. We all know that the best way to minimize these impacts into the future is to focus on increasing vaccine rates along with following all infection prevention and control and public health measures.”