In response to the Omicrom COVID outbreak, St. Joseph’s Healthcare will be requiring proof of vaccination for all visitors.
The statement from St. Joes reads:
St. Joseph’s Healthcare is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all visitors, caregivers and support people starting Friday, December 17, 2021, as a means of further protecting our patients and staff from the increasing spread of COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated visitors coming to hospital must provide a vaccination receipt or QR code with government-issued ID.
We understand this may be a difficult step for some, but view it is a necessary measure to protect our patients and staff from the highly transmissible Omicron variant spreading across our region. Ensuring that everyone inside the hospital is vaccinated – all healthcare workers as well as visitors and support people – is critical to providing the safest therapeutic environment possible for our vulnerable patients.
The Ontario government has mandated vaccination for visitors to Long-Term Care Homes, and many of our patients present with similar frailties.
Visitors unable to show proof of full vaccination will be denied entry to the hospital, with limited exceptions.