Burlington mayor ‘completely supports’ COVID-19 workplace vaccination policies

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Published August 31, 2021 at 11:08 am

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward recently expressed her support after the Halton Medical Officer of Health made a recommendation for COVID-19 workplace vaccination policies.

Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton’s Medical Officer of Health, has recently recommended that local employers address the need for a workplace vaccination policy amid the ongoing pandemic.

“We are facing a critical time in our combined efforts against COVID-19 in Ontario. The rapid and continuing spread of the Delta variant of concern – with increased transmissibility and disease severity – means that we must fully engage to protect our community and our health system capacity,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani.

“Getting fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is the best defence against the virus, including the Delta variant.”

Following this recommendation, Meed Ward has stated that she ‘completely supports’ it.

“I completely support this recommendation from our Halton Medical Officer of Health to provide consistency across our Region and certainty for our local businesses,” said Meed Ward.

According to the mayor, workplace vaccination policies should explain their purpose, specific actions workers must take including providing proof of vaccination status or a medical exemption as well as timelines.

Additionally, the City of Burlington is working on a staff vaccination policy and a discussion will follow on a policy for the public in terms of voluntary city programs.

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