The importance of getting vaccinated for COVID-19 as a healthcare worker

In just a couple more days, it will officially be one year since COVID-19 was named a global pandemic – and it’s been a very difficult year for Canadians from all walks of life. However, there’s currently a faint light at the end of the tunnel, as COVID-19 vaccines are beginning to ramp up across the country, with an overall goal of having every Canadian vaccinated before the end of the year.

RPI Consulting Group specializes in placing healthcare workers into various environments, such as nurses in long-term care facilities and nursing homes, and to that end, we want to take the opportunity in this blog to highlight how important it is that healthcare workers – regardless of whether or not you work for RPI – get vaccinated as soon as the opportunity to do so arises. And if you’re looking for talented nurses to help administer COVID-19 vaccines, contact us today!

Why get vaccinated?

First and foremost, healthcare workers generally are working with people who require regular care and assistance, such as elderly patients at nursing homes, or patients in a hospital. And because these people are either sick or unable to care for themselves, they are at a high risk of catching COVID-19, which can have catastrophic results. RPI has spoken to many of our clients across Canada who are insisting that any candidates who come to work at their facility must be vaccinated (as soon as they are able to receive it), with no exceptions. This is out of an abundance of caution for residents, other employees, and any visitors. In addition, if you accept a position as a COVID-19 tester or vaccinator, you’ll also need to have been vaccinated before you start your assignment. Because carriers of COVID-19 can be asymptomatic, the fact that you appear and feel healthy is not a replacement for actually receiving your vaccination – in short, many of our clients will only allow candidates to work for them if they can prove that they have been vaccinated, regardless of how they feel.

Proof of vaccination

When you receive your first COVID-19 vaccination, you will receive a form of proof (which can vary based on your province or municipality) that you’ve been vaccinated. Eventually, this form of proof will be necessary for RPI candidates to show our Account Managers – and clients – before they can be placed in a work setting. Stay tuned for more details on this as they become available.

In closing

As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be rolled out through 2021, RPI candidates can expect to be employed in situations where valid proof of being vaccinated will be required. We urge you to get your vaccination as soon as you’re able, so that you yourself can remain safe and healthy as you also protect the health and well-being of patients.

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