Chief medical officer says it is the ‘professional duty’ of every healthcare worker to be vaccinated against COVID-19

As Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kieran Moore announced plans to roll out the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario, he said healthcare workers have a duty to get vaccinated . He said workers who fail to do so put their patients at risk.

Moore was speaking at an online press conference Wednesday where he explained why the province believes a third dose of the vaccine will be helpful in providing an extra layer of protection for thousands of residents whose level of immunity could be challenged by the Delta variant or by other health issues. conditions that put people at a higher risk of infection.

At the Queen’s Park press conference, Moore was asked about the difficulty of convincing more healthcare workers that they should at least receive a first and second dose of the vaccine.

Moore told the new conference that “the vast majority of Ontario’s physicians” are already at “90 percent high.” It did not offer any numbers for other health workers such as nurses, personal support workers and home care workers. Although it has become evident in recent weeks that hundreds of these workers across Ontario have not been immunized, Moore said they should be.

“So many healthcare workers embrace protecting themselves, their families, but also their patients. I think for healthcare workers if you haven’t been vaccinated please I think it’s your professional duty to do so, ”said Moore.

He said healthcare workers who are not vaccinated could be free of symptoms and continue to carry the virus to their workplaces and put patients at risk.

“Two to three days before your symptoms start, and you’re actually shedding a lot of virus, potentially putting your immunocompromised patients at risk. And I think it’s the professional duty of every healthcare worker to be immunized. And I’m calling to get your shot, ”Moore said.

At another point in the press conference, Moore said that despite the rollout of the third dose of the vaccine, he said convincing all residents of Ontario to get their first dose was still a priority.

“Our urgent priority and call to arms remains for those who have not yet received their first dose or completed their primary series,” Moore said.

“The majority of hospitalizations concern the unvaccinated. This is why I continue to encourage everyone to get the full vaccine as it remains our best defense against COVID-19 and its serious consequences.