Alberta Health Services requiring employees and contracted health-care workers to be vaccinated

Alberta Health Services announced Tuesday it would require all employees and contracted health-care providers — including physicians — to be fully vaccinated.

“This necessary step is required to protect patients, vulnerable and immunocompromised Albertans and anyone who visits or works at any AHS site,” reads a news release.

The policy applies to AHS, Alberta Precision Labs, Carewest, CapitalCare and Covenant Health workers, members of medical and midwifery staffs, students, volunteers and anyone acting on their behalf.

Contracted continuing care providers and health-care workers acting on AHS’ behalf all fall under the requirement.

AHS has more than 100,000 direct employees with around 12,000 staff at AHS subsidiaries. Covenant Health has almost 15,000 physicians, workers, and volunteers.

With a deadline of Oct. 31, the latest an individual must receive their second dose to be in compliance is Oct. 16 so as to allow two weeks to pass for full immunization.

AHS employees unable to be vaccinated due to a medical reason or a protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be “reasonably accommodated,” said the release.

The policy document is to be finalized following union and stakeholder consultation.

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