The provincial mandate for hospital workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 ended this morning, but Brockville General Hospital (BGH) isn’t making any changes yet.
Nick Vlacholias, the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, says all employees will still need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, wear masks at work, and go through a screening process before entering the building. Other restrictions, like limiting how many visitors are allowed in the hospital, are also staying in place for now.
“As the province lifts emergency public safety measures, and transitions responsibilities to organizations, BGH will continue to closely monitor community prevalence for spread of infections and evaluate our restrictions accordingly,” Vlacholias says. “Hospitals are high-risk congregate settings and require a higher standard of infection prevention and control practices.”
The hospital’s website has a full breakdown of all its restrictions and COVID-19 safety policies. Vlacholias hasn’t announced any timeline for how long they’ll stay in place.