22% of City of Hamilton employees have not provided vaccine information, two weeks after imposed deadline

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Published October 1, 2021 at 3:53 pm

After council’s approval in September, the City of Hamilton imposed a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, requiring all employees to provide proof of vaccination.

Only 67 per cent of City of Hamilton employees provided proof by the Sept. 15 deadline. As of Friday (Oct. 1), that number has increased to “approximately 78 per cent” with “approximately 93 per cent” of those employees reporting they are fully vaccinated.

Under the policy, all employees must provide proof of at least one dose of their vaccination, proof of exemption, or proof they attended the approved vaccine education program.

“While we are pleased that so many of the employees who met the first deadline in the policy are vaccinated, we are concerned that more staff did not verify their vaccination status,” said a city spokesperson two weeks back. “We expect that, as a large subset of our broader community, City employees likely reflect a similar percentage of those members of our community who have been fully vaccinated.”

The Hamilton health care partners have administered 828,001 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Friday. 83.3 per cent of eligible residents have received a vaccine to date and 77.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Employees who do not provide proof of both doses of their vaccination, or who are not fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, 2021, will be required to submit regular negative COVID-19 testing results.

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