Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health have extended the deadline for all employees to comply with its mandatory immunization policy until November 30, 2021.
The extension allows employers to plan to how they will address workplace staffing issues where critical staff shortages already exist.
UNA advises all members who have been vaccinated but who have not already submitted proof of vaccination to AHS to do so as soon as possible. The sooner AHS receives proof of vaccination the sooner they can plan to ensure patient safety.
AHS and Covenant Health employees can submit proof of immunization through the Got My COVID-19 Immunization Form on AHS Insite or Covenant Health CompassionNet.
The form includes an option for workers to declare the date of their last dose and provide consent for AHS or Covenant Health to validate their immunization status through Netcare or other provincial information repository housing immunization records. They also have the option to submit a copy of their records directly to AHS Workplace Health and Safety or Covenant Health Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness.
AHS announced today that 93 per cent of full-time and part-time AHS employees have submitted proof of having two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and that more than 97 per cent of Intensive Care Unit staff are fully immunized.
UNA urges all unvaccinated members not restricted by bona fide grounds for an exemption to arrange to be fully vaccinated as quickly as possible.
UNA will support members with bona fide medical or other protected grounds for not receiving the vaccine.
Vaccines are among the most important ways to reduce the burden currently impacting our health care system and reduce COVID-19 cases.