According to management at one of Hamilton’s hospital networks, nearly 185 termination notices will be sent to workers over the next few days.
Hamilton Health Sciences’ deadline for all employees and doctors to report their immunization status is midnight Wednesday.
All employees are now required to be fully immunized against COVID-19 with some “limited exceptions”.
“We hope that these individuals will choose to avoid termination by being fully vaccinated by January 26,” the hospital said in a statement Wednesday night.
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Hamilton Health Sciences said: “We encourage our colleagues to make the right choice and choose to stay at HHS.
The hospital system said 13 employees have been terminated so far for failing to comply with reporting and testing requirements.
Approximately 52 individuals were disciplined for non-compliance with reporting or testing. Less than five people have a medical exemption.
Termination notice may be rescinded if an employee receives a second dose on or before January 12 and is fully vaccinated by January 26.
According to a spokesman for St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and HHS, as of Thursday, the majority of staff and doctors at both city networks are fully immunized and more will update their status as each week passes.
HHS reports that more than 96% of its 13,300 workers are fully vaccinated, while 95% of the approximately 5,700 employees at St. Joe’s reported having injected at least one pair.
Vaccination deadlines for employees of St. Joe’s is December 14. Periods of unpaid leave and even layoffs await those who aren’t fully vaccinated over the next month, according to the hospital.
In September, both city agencies planned mandatory vaccination policies, deeming it necessary to maintain a safe work environment and protect patients from the coronavirus.
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Those who are not vaccinated for approved reasons will be screened twice a week.
Hamilton reports 30 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death
For the second day in a row, public health Hamilton reported more than 30 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, higher than the average number of cases seen over the past seven days.
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With a daily spike, the city’s seven-day average case rate is now 24 cases, up from the 21-case average reported for the entire previous week.
The city had an overall average case rate of 19 cases per day for all of November, slightly below the 22 case per day average reported for October.
Active cases increased significantly on a daily basis, to 280 from the 178 reported on Wednesday.
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More than 75% of all active cases are in people under the age of 50, while 45% are under the age of 30.
The city’s positivity percentage – which represents the number of positive tests from labs – dropped slightly over the week to 2.2 percent from 2.4 percent. This is still below the provincial average of 2.9% reported on Thursday.
One more COVID-related death was reported on Thursday involving a person over the age of 80. Hamilton has now had 420 disaster-related deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The city revealed a new school outbreak bringing the total number of increased cases of activity in educational facilities to nine schools as of December 2.
Forty-one of the city’s 50 total cases linked to the 12 ongoing outbreaks are from schools.
The largest case was at St. Gabriel, there are 14 cases in total – one among teachers and 13 among students.
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In the past 14 days, both public boards have reported 69 cases, of which 51 students.
Hamilton hospitals are reporting a total of 14 COVID-19 patients as of Thursday, one less than the 15 patients reported on Wednesday.
Both St. Joe’s and Hamilton both average less than one new hospital admission per day.
More than 83.4% 12-year-old Hamiltonians are eligible to be fully immunized
In the last week, Hamilton’s medical partners have administered nearly 16,000 doses of the vaccine, with Friday recording the largest injection of the week – 2,856.
With the COVID-19 vaccine being made available to children aged five to 11, the city has seen an 88% increase in doses administered in the past week.
Over the past seven days, the city has administered 15,898 injections, 7,400 times closer than November 18 to November 24.
The average number of injections per day for November, 1,324, has surpassed the number of injections per day for the whole month of October by just under 300.
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As of Wednesday, 83.4% of eligible Hamiltonians over 12 years of age were fully vaccinated while 86.4% had received at least a single dose. The city still lags behind the provincial average, with 87.2% of children fully vaccinated and 90 receiving at least one dose of vaccine.
People aged 70 to 84 years have achieved the Ministry of Health target of 90% coverage of the first and second doses. Meanwhile, Hamiltonians ages 25 to 29 represent the lowest vaccination rates among eligible people in the community, just over 73.5% are fully immunized.
Hamilton is behind 31 other public health units in two-dose vaccination rates.
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