Update on the move towards mandatory COVID-19 vaccination at Bruyère
At Bruyère, we are committed to doing everything we can to keep our teams and the people we care for safe. As of today, 91% of our staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and an additional 3% are on track to being fully vaccinated in the coming days.
Upon weighing the risks to the people we serve, and the benefits to our team members and the community as a whole, ensuring a fully vaccinated workforce was one more layer of protection Bruyère decided to adopt, in addition to universal masking, physical distancing, entrance screening and other measures.
We made the announcement that COVID-19 vaccination would be mandatory on August 24, 2021, with a deadline of October 15, 2021. Since then, we have supported our team members with access to on site appointments and peer experts, the provision of educational material, and regular conversations with managers.
We would like to thank all our team members and management for working together to take this important step.
A small percentage of staff have chosen not to comply with our mandatory vaccine policy, equivalent to 3% (50) of full-time and part-time employees and 9% (69) of casual employees. We remain hopeful that they will choose to get the vaccine.
A total of 119 staff out of 2,298 have chosen not to get vaccinated and are now on unpaid leave. We will continue to work with these team members and hope all of them will choose to get vaccinated so they can resume working at Bruyère.
For the few who are choosing to end their employment at Bruyère, we are thankful for their contribution to the organization to date and wish them all the best.