As of November 15, all health and social services workers, whether they are in close direct contact with patients or not, must be adequately vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have a contraindication to this effect.

The objectives of the mandatory vaccination of health and social services workers are to:

  • Protect all vulnerable clienteles during a fourth wave of COVID-19 coinciding with the rapid rise of the highly transmissible Delta variant. This wave threatens to generate a surge of cases and likely hospitalizations.
  • Protect the health and social services network’s ability to provide services in a context where resources are already extremely stretched, particularly due to efforts to fight the pandemic and the withdrawal of staff related to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Workers affected by mandatory vaccination

Workers affected by this requirement are those who have close contact with patients, paid or not, and those who are in contact with such workers (e.g., sharing common areas such as the cafeteria, elevators, etc.), primarily in the following settings:

  • Local community service centres
  • Hospitals
  • Public long-term care facilities and private funded/unfunded long-term care facilities
  • Child and youth protection centres
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Specific private funded facilities other than long-term care facilities (CHSLD)
  • Intermediate and family-type resources (RI-RTF)
  • Private seniors’ residences
  • Family medicine groups (FMGs)
  • Ambulance service permit holders and Corporation d’Urgences-santé
  • Social economy enterprises in homecare services
  • Premises operated by a body that has entered into an agreement under section 108 of the Act respecting health services and social services for the provision of certain health and social services
  • The following private medical service providers:
    • Nurses
    • Nursing assistants
    • Respiratory therapists
    • Midwives
    • Pharmacists
    • Physicians
  • Medical imaging laboratories offering public services

Volunteers, residential care staff, emergency medical technicians, interns, and supervisors working in these settings may also be included if they fall into the above categories.

Exemptions

Certain people however are not required to show proof that they are fully protected:

  • Clients who come to the facility to receive health and social services
  • People accompanying children under age 14, people giving birth, or people incapable of consenting to the care their state of health requires
  • People with loved ones in end-of-life care
  • Operators of intermediate and family-type resources whose primary residence is the resource itself, as well as members of their families who live there
  • Parents or guardians of children in rehabilitation centres for troubled youth, or anyone else awarded visiting rights by the Court of Québec
  • A person accompanying another person who, for health or safety reasons, requires assistance that the facility is unable to provide
  • A peace officer or firefighter entering the facility in the performance of their duties

Presentation of proof of vaccine status

All workers subject to mandatory vaccination will be required to provide proof that they are fully protected. Without such proof, they will be reassigned to other duties, where possible. When this is not possible or if workers refuse, they will not be allowed to return to work and will receive no compensation.

Go to How to obtain your vaccine passport to download your proof of vaccination.