Upcoming vaccination guidance for Care Partners

Bonnie Camm, Executive Vice President of Clinical Services

Quick details:

  • Starting November 9 care partners will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to visit or accompany a patient for an approved visit at GRH
  • Exceptions to this process will be accommodated on a case by case basis
  • On Friday, October 22 screeners will begin asking care partners to show proof of their vaccination status as a soft launch, and to help prepare care partners for the coming change
  • An FAQ document to support this change is available on All Things COVID

Starting November 9, 2021, Grand River Hospital will require care partners to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, along with government issued ID to be able to visit or accompany a patient in hospital.

Many of our patients are immunocompromised. In addition to mandating vaccines for our staff, making this change will limit the opportunity of exposure in our buildings and support our focus on protecting staff, patients and our community from COVID-19. We chose November 9 to create alignment between care partner expectations and the timing of our staff vaccine policy, both of which are extremely important to protect our patients and team members.

What the change will look like

Friday, October 22: To provide sufficient notice and awareness of the new process, screeners at hospital entrances will notify care partners of the change on November 9 and begin asking for proof of COVID-19 vaccination and government-issued ID. However, no approved care partners will be turned away from visiting at this time.

Tuesday, November 9: Care partners arriving to visit with, or accompany a patient will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, along with government issued identification to be able to enter the building. 

Exceptions: Based on the nature of the work we do and the diverse patient populations we serve, we anticipate that there will be exceptions to this process. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis and approved by the manager of the program or service that is providing care. Starting November 9, care partners that are not fully vaccinated but have been approved as an exception will be permitted to visit and escorted to their visit appointment by a hospital staff member.

A FAQ document to support you is available on All Things COVID here.