Mississauga may decide this week to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, testing for employees

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Published August 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm

The City of Mississauga is holding a special meeting of Council first thing Wednesday morning to decide if it will mandate its more than 5,000 employees to either get a COVID-19 vaccination or face regular testing. 

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said last week the City is considering what steps to take as many municipal workers will be back on site working this fall, while others are expected to return early in 2022. The City is weighing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine plan for its employees, but is moving cautiously on that front pending more information from legal staff, which is expected to come Wednesday morning. 

“When it comes to vaccination policies, there is a lot to consider and many potential issues to address,” Crombie said late last week. “As with all things COVID-related, this is all new and evolving quickly. There is no playbook.” 

The Council meeting begins at 9 a.m., and will be streamed online. The staff vaccination issue will be discussed behind closed doors, as it’s an employee matter.  

This past Friday, the City of Toronto announced its plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, or testing, for its workers. And in the last 10 days, both the Ontario and federal governments announced they’ll adopt strict vaccination rules for their employees. 

 

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