Despite COVID-19 outbreaks in a number of Manitoba care homes, the province’s premier has no plans to make vaccinations mandatory for staff.

5 care homes in Manitoba currently have outbreaks, with 109 cases

Since October, unvaccinated health-care and personal-care-home workers in the province are required to submit to testing every 48 hours. If they refuse that, they will be put on an unpaid leave of absence.

That’s about as close to compulsory as Heather Stefanson wants things to be.

“I don’t like mandatory vaccines, no. But I do believe that there’s more work that needs to be done to ensure that we educate those individuals so that they know the science behind the vaccine,” the premier told CBC Manitoba Information Radio host Marcy Markusa on Friday.

There are five personal care homes in the province in the midst of COVID-19 outbreaks during this fourth wave of the pandemic, with 109 cases reported.

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