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COVID-19: City of London tightens vaccination policy for municipal staff – London

The City of London is stepping up its COVID-19 vaccination policy for municipal workers following the province’s decision to impose the vaccine in high-risk indoor environments.

The revised policy, which will be presented to city council on Tuesday, removes the option that had allowed employees to avoid the vaccine by undergoing regular testing and completing an educational session.

In a note to councilors, City Manager Lynne Livingstone wrote that the policy had been revised following the province’s announcement last month, and “the local guidance provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly encourages the premises. working to implement compulsory COVID-19 vaccination policies in the workplace with conditions. “

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The policy applies to almost everyone employed by the city, whether directly or indirectly as staff of contractors or as consultants. Volunteers, interns and internship students also fall under the policy.

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All those who fall under the revised policy will be required to provide, by September 29, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or written attestation of a medical or Human Rights Code reason. Ontario not to be immune.

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The policy, which will be reviewed regularly and amended as necessary, states that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees must have received their first dose by September 29 and provide full proof of vaccination by November 1.

Regardless of their immunization status, workers will need to perform daily active symptom screening and be tested if they fail the screening in order to carry out work in city facilities and buildings. They will also need to provide a check allowing the city to confirm their ability to return to work.

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“The implementation of this policy will be in accordance with applicable Board and / or Company regulations, policies and procedures, legislation and collective agreement provisions,” the policy document states.

“A finding of non-compliance by an employee will result in the immediate dismissal of his active duties. The employee will be subject to corrective and / or disciplinary action which may include education or training; Warning; suspension or leave without pay; or termination of employment.

Employees on leave and Dearness Home staff will not be affected by the policy, and late last month Livingstone told councilors there were no plans to adopt a policy for members of the public who come to Town Hall for in-person services.

Councilors are also not affected as they are technically not city employees, however, an identical policy for city politicians is expected to be presented to council this month.

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