Vaccine mandates right here to remain for many massive establishments in London, Ont., at the least for now – CBC.ca

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The province has lifted the requirement that small businesses require vaccine passports as of March 1, but most of the large institutions in London, Ont. have no plans to get rid of them, at least not yet. 

That’s just fine with London Mayor Ed Holder and the acting head of public health for the region, Dr. Alex Summers. 

“We’re still very much in the middle of this pandemic, and the fact that we’re seeing some loosening of restrictions does not mean that this pandemic is over, not by any means,” Holder told a COVID-19 media briefing on Tuesday. 

“I applaud those who have maintained those requirements in terms of vaccine policies.”

Summers added that he “strongly supports” the ongoing use of vaccine mandates, for employees, patrons, clients or visitors, “in settings like hospitals and post-secondary institutions (and) any setting where people gather or working in close proximity.” 

Summers also encouraged those who haven’t been vaccinated or gotten boosted to do so. 

What local institutions are doing

Hospitals

  • There will be no change to vaccine mandates for visitors or staff at either the London Health Sciences Centre or St. Joseph’s Health Care. “As a care provider, it is our responsibility to ensure that our hospital remains as safe as possible for our staff and the vulnerable patient populations we serve,” a spokesperson for LHSC said. “The science is clear, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. We ask that our community continues to join us in following public health guidelines: get vaccinated, including the third dose/booster, physical distance, mask, and practice proper hand hygiene.”

  • St. Joe’s called vaccine mandates a “critical component of a safe health care environment,” and said “At this time, there is no consideration to lift this requirement.” 

Education

  • Fanshawe College will maintain COVID-19 vaccination policies until at least the end of the semester. 
  • Western University will review its policy no later than Sept. 1, 2022, but the current policy remains in effect. 
  • The Thames Valley District School Board will not change its policy, either. “We will continue to require employees to provide proof of vaccination,” a spokesperson said. 

City of London

  • A spokesperson said: “We are currently reviewing our policy, but have not made any changes at this time.”
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