Vaccine mandates lead to critical shortage of healthcare workers in Canadian province
More than 4,000 medical personnel who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccines are on leave.
(LifeSiteNews) – The provincial government of British Columbia acknowledged that it created a medical staffing shortage after placing more than 4,000 healthcare professionals on leave because they chose not to get the COVID jabs.
Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement last Tuesday, saying thousands of surgeries have been postponed as a result of placing so many workers on leave.
“I think it’s fair to say that in some areas, for example, diagnostic imaging, our labs in different parts of the province, there’ll be some impact,” Dix said.
Dix also acknowledged that placing so many workers on leave at once has caused surgery delays and reduced hours at some clinics and hospitals.
“We’ll either have to initially reduce hours in order to address that or provide other staff in the weeks to come,” Dix said.
The British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU) had earlier warned the government it would have a crisis on its hands if it let go of so many staff at once.
In September, BCNU warned that government COVID jab mandates for healthcare workers will “force members” to leave and further exacerbate already existing staff shortages in the province.
Dix said the un-jabbed workers have until November 15 to get at a first dose of the jab or they will be permanently fired.
According to the government, there are around 126,000 public health workers in the province.
The staff firings come as a result of a jab mandate by British Columbia Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dix, who said all healthcare workers had to have COVID jabs by October 26.
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