At least 2,000 health workers in the Greater Quebec City area who are not adequately vaccinated are at risk of being out of work as of October 15, a disaster, according to community stakeholders.
“We are really afraid of that date. Laurier Ollier, president of the Federation of Healthcare Professionals in Chaudière-Appalaches, fears that this will be a disaster for the healthcare system, nothing more, nothing less.
In the region, about 9% of CISSS employees, i.e. 1,215 people, have not been adequately vaccinated. It would be impossible for at least 780 (6%) of them to meet the deadline set by the government.
Remember that you must wait at least three weeks between the two doses and be considered for a suitable vaccination seven days after the second injection.
“It is already on the eve of the collapse and we will put a huge pressure on the people who have taken the trouble to get vaccinated. Taking out the wand never pays off,” adds Mr. Ole.
At Capital National, the results weren’t more encouraging. As of September 22, 6.4% of network employees in the area did not have optimal immunization coverage.
And even if everyone who received a dose went for a second vaccination within three weeks, 3.8% would still be exposed.
This represents, according to the 2020 census, at least 1,210 people who may not report for work on October 15.
“We don’t have the means to lose staff at the moment, […] It will be a disaster. We are already exhausted in all the centers of activity,” laments Nancy Hogan, President of the Professional Confederation at CHU de Québec.
The Quebec division of the Canadian Federation of Public Employees (CUPE) says it does not understand why other solutions have not been put in place.
Although the government has specified that stakeholders affected by the decree can be reassigned elsewhere, when possible, the issue remains unresolved according to CUPE.
Unvaccinated workers had to be tested three times a week at this time. Why is it suddenly no longer working? asks CUPE-Quebec Secretary General, Frederic Bresson.
“We can do quick tests every day and that will prevent us from losing more people!”, he suggests.
Across the county, at least 20,000 health network employees will not be adequately vaccinated by the government’s imposed deadline.
- The latest regional report showed 795 new infections and 5 additional deaths linked to COVID-19.
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