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Ontario health worker groups want mandatory COVID shots for health-care workers

TORONTO — Two professional groups representing health-care workers in Ontario are calling for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for the sector.

Statements from the Ontario Medical Association and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario came the day after Premier Doug Ford said he wouldn’t mandate the vaccine.

Dr. Adam Kassam, president of the medical association, said Friday that vaccination is the best way to control the pandemic and protect patients.

The nurses’ group said Ford is on the wrong side of science and called for mandatory shots.

Ford said on Thursday that he encourages people to be vaccinated but thinks they should have the right to refuse the shot. 

He has also rejected the idea of an Ontario “vaccine passport” system.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 16, 2021.

The Canadian Press