Mandatory Vaccination Policy To Include Designated Care Partners

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 1:51pm

SARNIA & PETROLIA – October 25, 2021 – Starting November 1, 2021, Bluewater Health is requiring all designated care partners to be vaccinated to visit a patient in the Petrolia and Sarnia hospitals. This mandate is consistent with the broader vaccination requirements in place at the hospital where each entrant is required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19: staff, Professional Staff (doctors, dentists, midwives), volunteers, contractors, and now designated care partners.

General visitation is not allowed at this time. Designated care partners are individuals selected by the patient who are distinct from casual “visitors.” Because they know their loved one best, they are uniquely attuned to subtle changes in the patient’s behaviour or status. Patients are asked to pick their designated care partners and the hospital has noted that those with double vaccination will be approved over those with no vaccination. In the rare instances where there are no care partners available with vaccination, testing at the door with a negative result will be required.

Sarnia-Lambton has experienced a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, currently having the highest provincial case rate per 100,000/population and the lowest vaccination rates. This policy is necessary to keep all hospital occupants safe.

All people inside the hospital are required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as directed by the hospital.

Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia Lambton. With close to 2500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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