Should COVID Vaccines Be Mandatory for Health-Care Workers?

Canada has a chronic shortage of vaccines, but we are also starting to see problems with vaccine hesitancy, which becomes particularly acute in health-care settings. Why are health-care workers who have refused to be vaccinated allowed to continue to work with patients?

Two weeks ago, I learned that scheduled operations were cancelled for a week at Toronto General Hospital, which is part of the University Health Network (UHN), following an outbreak of COVID-19 among the medical staff.

The incident has upset many physicians. “People in the health sector choosing not to do what’s necessary to protect patients is outrageous,” commented one doctor, who asked to remain anonymous.

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