Apr 08, 2021
By Christine Ross
Italy has become the first country in Europe to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for healthcare workers.
Those who refuse will have the option to be transferred to duties that don’t risk spreading the virus or be suspended without pay for as much as a year.
Several small outbreaks of cases in hospitals and elderly care homes, which were found to have been started by caregivers who rejected the vaccine, led to the emergency legislation.
Italy is among the hardest hit countries with over 3.5 million cases and over 108,000 deaths.
In Ontario, Health Minister Christine Elliott has said consistently that getting a vaccine is a choice and will not be mandated for anyone, including healthcare workers.