Hôtel Dieu Will Require Visitors To Be Fully Vaccinated

Monday October 25th, 2021

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Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare will now require visitors and guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the hospital.

Officials announced the new policy on Monday afternoon.

“As one of the largest healthcare providers in Windsor-Essex, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, physicians and all individuals entering the HDGH campus,” the hospital said in a statement. “As such, we have made the necessary decision to revise our Vaccination Policy for DCPs and Visitors/Guests.”

They say effective Monday, November 22nd, 2021 all designated care partners, visitors, and guests entering any Hotel Dieu location must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (evidencing 14 days have passed since their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine), along with a valid picture Health (OHIP) Card, or will be denied entry.

The hospital say this means that proof of a negative PCR test result that was previously used by unvaccinated designated care partners, visitors, and guests to enter an HDGH building will no longer be accepted.

They say no patients will be denied entry or care due to vaccination status.

“As a healthcare provider you have come to know and trust in Windsor-Essex, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, physicians and individuals entering the HDGH campus,” said Janice Kaffer, President and CEO, in a statement. “Our staff and physicians have worked incredibly hard through this pandemic and together with vaccines, masking, testing and physical distancing, we can combat this virus but it takes each of us to do our part.”

The hospital also announced they will be lifting previous restrictions that limited the number of guests a patient could have. They say effective November 22nd, patients will not be limited on the number of guests visiting at any given time.

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