City of Hamilton vaccine mandate deadline has passed; hundreds of staff remain unvaxxed and face consequences

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Published November 1, 2021 at 3:55 pm

Employees with the City of Hamilton who have not reported their COVID-19 vaccination status by Monday's (Nov. 1) deadline will have to face the consequences.

Employees with the City of Hamilton who have not reported their COVID-19 vaccination status by Monday’s (Nov. 1) deadline will have to face the consequences.

The city is reporting that 95 per cent of its 9,000 employees have reported their status, with approximately 92 per cent reporting that they are fully vaccinated. The remaining staff members will have to take part in the city’s rapid testing program in order to remain employed.

Testing begins Thursday (Nov. 4) and employees must submit their results online every Monday and Thursday with no exceptions. Staff who miss deadlines will be placed on unpaid leave.

The kits are being provided to staff on the taxpayer’s dime.

“We must be mindful of the active part we all play in keeping our community healthy and safe,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “I want to encourage everyone to consider the great impact this choice has for themselves, family, coworkers and community. Let’s continue to look out for one another as we have done throughout this pandemic.”

The policy applies to all employees, including full-time, part-time, permanent, temporary, casual, volunteers, council members, members of council-appointed committees, and students.

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