Ontario court issues interim injunction against vaccine mandate
The Ontario Superior Court has issued an interim injunction against the University Health Network’s (UHN) attempts to terminate a group of unvaccinated employees. This comes after six UHN employees — some of them nurses — brought forward an urgent motion to the court on Friday afternoon, the deadline UHN set to terminate those who had not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine. The UHN covers Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals, among other facilities.
“The harm raised by the applicants is potentially serious and cannot be undone,” wrote Ontario Superior Court Justice Sean Dunphy, in a decision issued Friday. “It is alleged that some or all of them may be compelled to take the vaccine against their will because they cannot in their personal and family circumstances take the risk of being left destitute by the policy they are seeking to challenge.”
This is believed to be the first time a vaccine mandate in Ontario has hit a legal roadblock.