March 29th, 2022

Hello everyone,

All of Thrive Group’s member organizations, are continuing to review our practices, precautions and policies as the province lifts COVID-19 precautions in the broader community. Our vaccine policies have been under review and today we have some updates for you.

Employee Vaccination Policy

At this time, Thrive Group organizational leaders have completed the review of the employee policy for COVID-19 vaccinations. This policy applies to all of our staff, including students, volunteers and contracted/support workers that provide care or services within the organization. The decision has been made to continue to require all staff to be fully vaccinated based on the definition of “fully vaccinated” by Health Canada. At this time, that definition does not include a third or booster dose of vaccine. It is still very much the position of Thrive Group that all staff obtain the additional or booster doses that are recommended as soon as eligible.

Visitor and Essential Caregiver Vaccination Policy

The vaccine requirements for visitors and essential caregivers continues to be under review as we continue to investigate how to adequately balance resident and clients’ rights with safety for everyone that enters our homes and other sites. We will share the updated policy as soon as we are able to finalize this plan. In the meantime, all individuals entering our programs must be fully vaccinated (minimum 2 doses of vaccine).

We know that the vaccine works well at preventing severe illness requiring hospitalization and it works relatively well at preventing illness in general for the period of time after a booster dose. We continue to echo the messages the Chief Medical Officer of Health in saying “I encourage all health care workers as well as all Ontarians to remain up-to-date in their COVID-19 vaccines, and to receive all doses, including additional doses, that are recommended as soon as they are eligible”.

Take care and stay well,


Steve Sherrer


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