WINNIPEG – Workers at one of the largest operators of long-term care homes in Canada are now required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
A Revera spokesperson confirmed to CTV that a new policy, effective July 1, states that all staff working in care homes owned and operated by the company should be vaccinated, except when this is not possible in due to medical exceptions.
“Revera expects all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are able and will seek a documented medical reason from those who are not,” the spokesperson wrote in a statement.
Unvaccinated Revera staff must undergo daily testing, and personal protective equipment requirements will remain in place even when no longer mandated by public health authorities.
The company added that vaccination will be a condition of employment for new recruits, unless this is not possible due to “legitimate and established exceptions.”
âWe are grateful to the many staff who have already been vaccinated and to our union partners who have supported and encouraged staff vaccinations,â the spokesperson said. âThis policy is one more step to protect both our residents and our staff as we continue to fight this deadly virus, particularly the emergence of several worrying variants. “
Two Revera-owned nursing homes in Winnipeg were the sites of two of the deadliest outbreaks in Manitoba; Maples Personal Care Home and Parkview Place.
The Maples Personal Care Home has experienced the deadliest COVID-19 outbreak in a personal care home, with 55 residents dying from COVID-19. During the outbreak, 62 staff and 153 residents tested positive for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 outbreak at Parkview Place was also one of the deadliest in the province, with the deaths of 29 residents linked to COVID-19. There were 39 staff and 119 residents who tested positive during the outbreak.