Hamilton Police Service to require all members to be vaccinated against COVID-19

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Published August 25, 2021 at 2:37 pm

The Hamilton Police Service announced on Wednesday (Aug. 25) that it will implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for its members, effective October 4, 2021.

The move comes as concerns around the fourth wave of the pandemic mount, driven by the prevalence of the Delta variant.

“As a Service, we believe mandatory vaccinations are just one of the ways we can reassure our members and the public that we have taken the necessary steps to protect ourselves and the community we serve,” said Chief Frank Bergen, in a press release.

Under the new mandate, members of the service will be required to provide proof of vaccination status by October 4, 2021.

Police said in accordance with the Human Rights Code, that members “unable to be vaccinated due to a protected ground,” will be accommodated.

“We took a robust approach in advocating to get our members vaccinated as soon as possible, now we need to be leaders in making those vaccines mandatory,” Bergen said.

On Tuesday, the Toronto Police Service, Canada’s largest municipal police force, that it would require all of its members to be vaccinated against the virus.

The Toronto service said its vaccine policy would apply to both uniformed and civilian members, and all staff would need to provide proof of their immunization status by Sept. 13.

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