Unvaccinated Quebec Caregivers in Court Today to Gain Access to Long Term Care Homes

By The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
February 2, 2022Updated: February 2, 2022

MONTREAL—A Montreal lawyer is in court today contesting a COVID-19 health order that prevents unvaccinated people from entering long-term care homes and private seniors homes to care for residents.

The provincial government issued a decree in December tightening rules in care settings, including by imposing an order that requires caregivers to show proof of vaccination before they can enter facilities.

Lawyer Natalia Manole says the government should revert to the previous rule, which required caregivers to present negative results from tests taken within the previous 72 hours.

She says if health-care workers who are unvaccinated are able to work under those conditions, she doesn’t see why caregivers shouldn’t be afforded the same right.

Manole also notes that in certain instances, COVID-19-positive health workers have been permitted to stay on the job.

She says she represents at least 80 caregivers and residents who are seeking an injunction to have the decree immediately suspended and to have a judicial review of the health order at a later date.