Manitoba doctors call for COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all health care workers

An organization that represents doctors in Manitoba is calling for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health-care workers.

Dr. Kristjan Thompson, president of Doctors Manitoba, says the shots must be required in health care, where all workers have a duty to protect their patients.

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Manitoba has been holding back a fourth pandemic wave that is emerging in other areas of Canada, despite significantly loosening public health restrictions nearly a month ago.

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There has been a low number of daily cases and the five-day test positivity rate is at 2.3 per cent provincially.

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Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, says he supports decisions by universities in the province to make vaccinations mandatory to attend on-campus classes.

He says details about vaccine requirements are expected later this week.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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