August 13, 2021: Home Care Ontario, the voice of home care in OntarioTM, is calling on the Ontario government to mandate vaccines for all healthcare workers in the province to help further protect our communities and the patients who rely critical home care services.
“The safety and protection of our patients is our top priority each and everyday and home care professionals have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep patients and all home care staff safe - they have truly been heroes,” said Sue VanderBent, CEO, Home Care Ontario. “With the concerning rise in the Delta variant and a pending fourth wave, Home Care Ontario is calling on the provincial government to mandate vaccinations for all healthcare workers as we must do everything we can protect the more than 750,000 Ontarians who receive home care services and ensure they can continue to receive the high-quality care they deserve in the comfort of their own homes - where they want to be.”
Home care delivers care to more than 35,000 patients on any given day and more than 750,000 annually, more than any other part of the health care system. Ontario’s home care sector has implemented strong Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) measures, including universal masking and the use of appropriate PPE for any home care patient receiving routine or complex care, to protect home care workers and keep them and their patients safe. In fact, these strict procedures and protections have resulted in home care having the lowest rate of virus transmission in the Ontario health care system.
We have already seen the positive impact of vaccinations for both home care staff and those who receive home care services. With a rise of the concerning Delta variant and a likely fourth wave, Home Care Ontario is calling for mandatory vaccinations of all healthcare workers to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the vulnerable seniors and all those who rely on the quality home care services they receive to remain at home, and live with dignity, respect and independence. It is also critical that this apply to the entire healthcare sector as we must ensure the stability of the sector as well as its ability to continue to deliver the high quality care patients have relied on throughout the pandemic.
"It is clear that vaccinations are a key part of protecting home care staff and patients, and we must take action now through mandatory vaccines to make sure that happens,” concluded VanderBent. This move, as well as the strong protocols and protections already in place in the home care sector, and our ability to support vulnerable patients to avoid congregate settings, clearly shows that home care is a key partner in helping Ontarians stay safe and stable at home - where they want to be.”