submitted by Jane Adams
Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) will now require all employees, physicians, volunteers, learners, contractors, and new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
This is an important step to ensure the safety of everyone in the hospital environment.
“As a hospital, we have a duty and commitment to protect the health and safety of our staff, patients, and visitors,” notes CEO Cholly Boland. “Getting vaccinated remains the most effective way to do this.”
Currently, 100% percent of medical staff, 97% of WDMH employees, and 100% of WDMH volunteers have been fully vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
WDMH is taking a phased approach for the remainder of our people who are not
vaccinated. First doses will be required by September 7, 2021, as outlined in the
government directive, and second doses will be required by October 15, 2021.
As of September 7, anyone who is unvaccinated (or has not reported their vaccination status) will be placed on an unpaid Leave of Absence.
WDMH is currently finalizing its vaccination policy (including medical exemptions) in line with the provincial directive.
“We want to thank the WDMH team for its continued dedication,” added Cholly Boland.
“Everyone has worked tirelessly to protect our communities throughout the pandemic. We also want to thank our local communities for their ongoing support.”