Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Media statement on easing of COVID-19 restrictions

On Oct. 22, RNAO issued a statement in response to the Ontario government’s worrisome reopening plan. 

RNAO says the government is throwing caution to the wind and putting at risk the progress the province has made in keeping the spread of the COVID-19 virus in check. The province’s ability to control the spread of infection as we head into the colder months is being gambled by a reopening plan that lifts capacity limits as of Monday, Oct. 25, and does away with public health measures – including requiring proof of vaccination – as early as January. 

RNAO is also gravely concerned the government chose not to announce mandatory vaccination for all health-care workers in all sectors and settings. This directive is already in place for those working in long-term care, with a deadline to comply by Monday, Nov. 15. Requiring all health-care and education workers to be fully vaccinated is a policy based on evidence, first called for by RNAO in July 2021, and recently supported by the government’s own Science Table. To ignore such advice defies logic, is irresponsible and compromises patient care and staff safety. 

If you haven’t already, please sign and share RNAO’s Action Alert demanding Premier Ford extend mandatory vaccinations to all health-care and education workers and establish safe zones around their places of work.

Read the full media statement in RNAO’s newsroom.

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