GBHS requires vaccination proof from most visitors

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Starting Monday, Nov. 15, Grey Bruce Health Services will be requiring visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Those who go with a patient to the hospital (whom the hospital calls Care Partners) as well as any visitors will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter any GBHS facility, unless they have an approved medical exemption.

Centre Grey hospital in Markdale is a GBHS hospital.

The policy does not apply to patients, the hospital clarified, and encouraged those needing help not to hesitate to come to the hospital.

Certain exceptions to the requirement are possible when the patient is a child; is at end of life; is in labour or has “accessibility needs.”

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes Ontario Ministry of Health vaccination receipt (digital or a paper copy) or the Ontario Enhanced Vaccine Certificate. One piece of government photo I.D. must also be provided.

People must have reached the point of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the hospital visit.

Screening and other protocols are still in place.

The GBHS media release states, “Care Partners are important to the health and wellbeing of our patients, and our Patient Relations department is available to support patients and Care Partners in these circumstances.”

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald

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