GSL Senior Investigator Patrick Fafard was interviewed by Catherine Morasse of Radio Canada in Nova Scotia on the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
Professor Fafard commented on the lack of transparency in Nova Scotia’s decision-making regarding the continuation of this mandate. According to Fafard, while Nova Scotia may have good reasons for deviating from other provinces on this issue, the province has not been transparent about its reasoning.
Colin Furness, a professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, mentioned how it is likely that maintaining the mandatory vaccine policy has more to do with health policy logic and different beliefs about a worker’s obligations than with the epidemiological situation in Nova Scotia.
Both Patrick Fafard and Colin Furness argue that since unvaccinated workers are relatively few, maintaining or removing the mandate would have very little impact on both the spread of COVID-19 and staffing shortages.
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