COVID-19: Some Saskatchewan long-term care homes will soon require staff be vaccinated

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Some for-profit long-term care homes in Saskatchewan will soon require COVID-19 vaccinations for staff.

A coalition of care home and retirement home operators announced the mandate will begin Oct. 12.

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It affects nine Revera facilities in Saskatchewan, along with nine Extendicare operations in the province.

That includes the Regina Extendicare home linked to roughly 40 deaths, a home now under co-management through the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

“As rates of infection once again increase in communities across the country, unvaccinated staff are more likely to bring the virus to work,” reads a press release from the organizations.

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“This policy will increase their level of safety and improve quality of life for residents by reducing the need for isolation and disruption of daily activities … it also protects ongoing access to visits from family members, which are critical to the well-being of all those in our care.”

Staff who are not fully vaccinated by Oct. 12 will be placed on unpaid leave.

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