Hospital alliance to institute vaccination policy for family and caregivers

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The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance is instituting a proof of full vaccination policy for family and caregivers starting November 1.

In a release Friday, the HPHA announced the plan and family and caregivers will have to show government issued photo identification and proof of full vaccination before entering any HPHA hospital site.

HPHA includes hospitals in Stratford, Clinton, Seaforth and St. Marys.

Proof can be shown in the form of an Ontario Enhanced Vaccine Certificate provided through the Ministry of Health in paper or electronic form.

Family and caregivers who have a valid medical exemption, signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner will be required to show their documentation.

Clinical exceptions that would permit the presence of non-vaccinated family and caregivers will apply for patients who are children or infants, palliative and those who need to enter the hospital in order to support patients during an unpredictable or urgent circumstance.

That includes end of life, a mental health crisis or to support an individual giving birth.

Clinical exceptions will also apply to those patients who require support due to a cognitive impairment, developmental or intellectual disability or language barrier.

A full list of clinical exceptions and Family and Caregiver Presence Guidelines is available on the HPHA website.

“In making this decision we are adopting a recommendation from our Patient & Caregiver Partner Steering Committee,” said Andrew Williams, President and CEO. “Our primary responsibility to those needing our hospitals for care and to our team is to provide as safe an environment as possible. Requiring full vaccination against COVID-19 is one of the best ways of achieving this.”

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