Statement on Vaccination Policy

Statement on Vaccination Policy

Caring for families with sick children in a safe environment has always been our top priority at Ronald McDonald Houses Charities. Throughout the pandemic, Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon has had specific procedures and policies such as limiting visitors to the House, daily wellness checks, and physical distancing in place that are designed to ensure the highest level of safety for families, staff and volunteers within our communal living environment.

On the recommendation of our local public health unit, the 14 member Board of Directors made the decision to mandate vaccinations for everyone working, visiting, or staying at RMH BC & Yukon to ensure we continue to meet the highest standards of health and safety and protect the vulnerable population of sick children we serve in congregate settings and limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

We have informed all stakeholders of this decision including families, staff, and volunteers. Where residents request an exemption due to various circumstances, Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon will review those case-by-case basis, and a decision will be made. All requests will be approved for exemption for child patients undergoing treatment, and therefore unable to be vaccinated. Ronald McDonald House will support any family in need of alternate accommodation if needed after the grace period. No family will ever be evicted from our House.

Our team has been in contact with the family in regards to this specific situation, and we are supporting arrangements for alternate accommodations.

We appreciate that this policy will impact those who have made a decision not to vaccinate, however, we must continue to prioritize the health, safety, and welfare of the vulnerable populations that we serve.