FILE - A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

FILE - A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Make vaccination mandatory for health care workers, say Alberta doctors

AMA agrees with doctors in other provinces

Alberta Medical Association is calling for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all health care workers.

Dr. Paul Boucher, president of the association that represents doctors, said the AMA is not alone in its decision. Others like Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, Ontario Medical Association, New Brunswick Medical Society, Doctors Nova Scotia and Doctors Manitoba are also in support.

“As we look back on the outbreaks experienced in health care settings, and face the prospect of a fourth wave with more contagious variants, mandatory vaccination of health care workers is essential,” Boucher said in the President’s Letter posted on the AMA’s website.

He acknowledged that not all AMA members will agree with this stance. Many aspects of the pandemic have been polarizing.

“The (AMA board of directors) and I felt that we should lend our voice to this important issue as vaccination remains our most effective tool to keep our vulnerable patients safe and our best path out of the pandemic.”



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