The College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM) received the following update today from Shared Health regarding vaccinations for Health Care Workers. You can view the bulletin here however we have copied and pasted the update below:
COVID-19 Vaccination Reminder & Important Clarification re: September 7 Date
Designated employees who work with vulnerable populations must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (and provide proof of vaccination to their employer) by October 31, 2021 OR undergo frequent COVID-19 testing.
Operators are working closely with Human Resources, Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, Infection Prevention and Control, Privacy and Public Health to put processes in place to support the implementation of this requirement for vaccinated staff, including measures to ensure the privacy of your personal health information.
For those staff who are not vaccinated, we are working on processes that will support regular required testing for COVID-19, as well as the details of what to do with your negative test result prior to a scheduled shift. This will include details on the nature of the test, frequency of testing, and privacy of test results (and of the test itself).
Previous communication recommended health-care workers receive their first dose of the COVID19 vaccine by September 7, 2021 in order to allow sufficient time to be fully vaccinated by October 31, 2021.
Please note, you will not be requested or required to provide proof of receiving dose one by September 7 and there is no impact on current work assignments or requirements associated with this date. All health-care workers are encouraged to get your first dose as soon as possible.
To be fully vaccinated by the end of October, individuals must receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine no later than October 17, 2021.
More Information is Coming – Validation of vaccination/negative COVID-19 tests is a significant operational undertaking. The implementation will require education and support, which will be finalized and rolled out in the coming weeks. Operational leads are working with stakeholders to develop detailed implementation plans and to answer questions that we have received so far from staff, regulatory bodies and other groups.
A Frequently Asked Questions document will be regularly updated as information is confirmed. As additional information is available, it will be shared.
Vaccines are readily available at supersites, clinics and pharmacies. To book your appointment visit http://www.protectmb.ca/ or call l 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) toll-free.
As always, up-to-date information is available at the following locations:
Information for the Public: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/
Information for Health Care Providers, Physicians & Staff https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/
Vaccines for Physiotherapists:
The Frequently Asked Questions document was updated to include the following statement:
The requirement, to be outlined by Public Health Order, will include all health care workers employed by or working in areas of direct patient/resident/client care in either public or private health care settings, including hospitals, licensed long-term care facilities, community and home care environments.
The College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba can now confirm that Physiotherapists employed in a private or public health care setting will be required to be fully vaccinated by October 31, 2021 OR undergo frequent Covid-19 testing. Once the new Public Health Order has been published, we will provide additional information via a bulletin.