Hamilton staff recommends dropping vaccination policy as deadline looms

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Published April 14, 2022 at 7:21 am

Hamilton city staff are bringing forth a recommendation that the city drops it mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy as a June 1 deadline inches closer.

The recommendation will be brought to the city’s general issues committee next Wednesday (April 20).

Should Council approved the staff recommendation, it would mean 500 employees would not face the permanent ax on June 1.

At the moment, 64 Hamilton staffers have been placed on an unpaid leave of absence for refusing to dsclose their vaccination status and an additional 441 employees still working have been taking the twice-weekly rapid antigen testing since last fall.

Those employees on unpaid leave are due to return May 2.

The report calculated that  7,149 active employees of the City of Hamilton are fully vaccinated, a compliance rate of 94 per cent.

However, that still leaves the 505 employees in limbo and facing termination June 1.

At the moment, the city’s bus union is fighting the city over the vaccination policy with those negotiations currently in arbitration.

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