Quebec caregivers unvaccinated in court today to gain access to care facilities

Montreal — Montreal lawyers challenge the COVID-19 Health Order to prevent unvaccinated people from entering care facilities or individual elderly housing to care for residents.

In December, the provincial government issued legislation to strengthen rules in the care environment, including imposing an order requiring caregivers to present proof of vaccination before entering the facility.

Attorney Natalia Manor said the government should revert to the previous rules. Previous rules required caregivers to present negative results from tests performed within the last 72 hours.

She says she doesn’t know why caregivers shouldn’t be given the same rights if unvaccinated health workers can work under such conditions.

Manor also states that in certain cases, COVID-19-positive healthcare workers are allowed to continue working.

She says she represents at least 80 caregivers and residents seeking an injunction to immediately suspend the decree and later seek a judicial review of the health order.

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