Grand River Hospital stands by vaccination policy despite protest as it anticipates suspending 136 staff and doctors

Grand River Hospital stands by vaccination policy despite protest as it anticipates suspending 136 staff and doctors

KITCHENER — Grand River Hospital supports people’s right to protest mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for staff, but stands by the policy because immunization is essential to protect patients from the deadly virus. A crowd gathered outside the Kitchener hospital on Wednesday evening to protest its vaccination policy which requires all staff to be immunized against COVID-19. Those who were not vaccinated by the Tuesday deadline were put on unpaid leave and risk termination if they do not comply with the requirement. “We support the right of our staff and their support networks to speak freely about their perspectives. Getting a vaccine is a personal choice,” a hospital statement read. “However, as an organization that provides direct patient care to those in our community, we need to take every step available to …
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