Quebec government postponing mandatory vaccination and suspension of unvaccinated healthcare workers from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15

During a press conference on Wednesday, October 13, ahead of the initial October 15 deadline for healthcare workers to be vaccinated, the Quebec government announced that it would be postponing the mandatory vaccination of nurses and suspension of unvaccinated nurses from October 15 to November 15.

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Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé cited pressure on the healthcare system as a reason to postpone the mandatory vaccination policy that would ultimately result in the suspension of thousands of workers in the sector. 

Minister Dubé said that it would be irresponsible to remove more workers from the system right now.

Since the announcement of this policy, it has been speculated that the healthcare system in Quebec could not handle the loss of healthcare staff. 

Prior to the postponed mandate,  Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé was calling for healthcare workers’ licenses to be suspended by their professional orders. 

In response to Minster Dubé’s urge, several professional orders including the Quebec Order of Nurses announced that members who were not vaccinated against COVID-19 by the October 15 deadline would have their practice permits suspended.

It is unclear at this time what the professional orders will do regarding the suspension of practice permits in light of the government’s most recent announcement to postpone the mandate and suspension of staff.

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