Brampton calls special council meeting to deal with mandatory vaccine policy

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Published August 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

The City of Brampton has decided to accelerate its discussion of a mandatory vaccine policy.

Originally not scheduled to be discussed until the next regular council meetings of Sept. 8 and 15, Mayor Patrick Brown announced to today that a special council meeting is being called Sept. 1 to discuss the vaccine situation.

Brampton’s decision comes on the heels of announced policies from such entities as the cities of Mississauga and Toronto, the Region of Peel, Williams Osler Health System and several large, multi-national companies including RBC and TD.

The city is inviting public health officials and labour partners to make presentations at the noon meeting and council members will also be able to review and discuss the policies of others.

When Mississauga made its announcement yesterday, Brown strongly praised the component of the policy that allowed negative test results to stand in lieu of an actual vaccination. Osler’s policy, however, only provides negative test option to those with an approved, documented, medical exemption.

In Peel, 82.9 per cent of eligible residents aged 12+ have received at least their dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 73.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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