No employees have been terminated for non-compliance with the North Bay Regional Health Centre’s (NBRHC) vaccine policy.

However, that can change as early as this week.

Lindsay Smylie Smith, Communications Specialist for NBRHC, says the hospital is aware of approximately 40 employees who are currently non-compliant which could progress to dismissal.

“The Hospital’s policy complies with Directive #6 issued by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) and will be enforced. If employees do not comply with the policy, progressive discipline will result, up to and including dismissal,” said Smylie Smith. 

As per the province’s Directive #6, issued by Dr. Kieran Moore, CMOH, staff is required to comply with one of the three requirements listed below in relation to COVID-19 vaccination:

  1. Be vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination to Occupational Health Safety & Wellness (Occ Health) or
  2. Where all Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccines are medically contraindicated, the staff must provide written proof of the medical contraindication from their regular qualified medical practitioner or
  3. Where a staff elects not to be vaccinated, or they are unsure of whether they want to be vaccinated, they are required to complete a COVID-19 education program.

Smylie Smith says staff that are in category 2 or 3 will be required to obtain a COVID-19 antigen test every 7 days.

She says NBRHC recognizes the importance of immunization to reduce the risk of serious infection and transmission of infection amongst the hospital community and NBRHC patients. 

“We are committed to achieving 100 percent compliance with our vaccine policy,” she says.