Premier Ford pressed to investigate ‘statistical curiosity’ over vaccine medical exemptions in PC caucus

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TORONTO —
Premier Doug Ford has a “statistical curiosity” on his fingers, in accordance with his political critics, after two members of his caucus offered medical exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine – a charge that far exceeds the remainder of the province.

MPPs Christina Mitas and Lindsey Park each offered the federal government with proof of a medical exemption, permitting them to stay throughout the Progressive Conservative caucus whereas unvaccinated. The focus of exemptions throughout the similar caucus is being characterised as an anomaly and has prompted requires an impartial evaluate of the validity of the exemptions.

On Tuesday, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Well being confirmed that normally solely two medical exemptions can apply: a extreme allergic response to any of the elements of the vaccines confirmed by an allergist; or a danger of pericarditis or myocarditis which predominantly applies to youthful age teams.

Dr. Kieran Moore mentioned when mixed “we ought to be seeing medical exemptions on the danger of round one to 5 per 100,000” however instructed some staff in Ontario could also be receiving fraudulent exemptions to keep away from disciplinary motion.

Moore mentioned the speed of medical exemptions reported by employees in Ontario is “greater” than the overall danger which he believes “deserves a evaluate.”

“We’ve tried to coach physicians, nurse practioners who fill out these varieties to make sure that they’re conscious of the 2 main medical exemptions for these vaccines,” Dr. Moore mentioned.

Critics had been fast to check the 1:100,000 commonplace danger of medical exemptions to the speed throughout the Ontario PC caucus which at present stands at 1:35.

“I discover it statistically curious that there is such a statistically giant variety of conservative caucus members with an exemption) relative to the scale of the caucus,” NDP Chief Andrea Horwath mentioned Monday and added that the validity of the exemptions ought to be reviewed to make sure the 2 MPPs in query are “telling the reality.”

Liberal Chief Steven Del Duca mentioned the 2 medical exemptions in a group of 70 folks “is form of out of whack” and “a bit uncommon” and is asking for an extra probe of the exemptions.

These calls had been echoed by Inexperienced Occasion Chief Mike Schreiner who mentioned, whereas he’s not casting doubt, verifying medical exemptions is essential “to maintain all of the workers who work at Queen’s Park protected.”

On Monday, Authorities Home Chief Paul Calandra mentioned the PC occasion human assets division is accountable for verifying the validity of the exemptions, and added that each Park and Mitas “presumably acquired medical exemptions from medical practitioners following the rules set ahead by the Chief Medical Officer of Well being.”

Nonetheless, sources within the Ford authorities inform CTV Information Toronto that MPPs have “the proper to a personal relationship with their physician” and whereas the occasion doesn’t know the character of the conversations between the 2 caucus members and their physicians, the federal government is selecting to simply accept the exemptions and “belief these people.”

“We’re not going to become involved in somebody’s medical relationship with their physician,” one supply mentioned, talking on background to debate delicate human assets points.

“We have now to respect that that’s what they’ve been offered by their physician.”

MPP Roman Baber – a former PC caucus member – mentioned the federal government ought to ahead the vaccine exclusion notes to the Ontario Public Service permitting the civil service to independently confirm the legitimacy of the exemptions. 

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