Niagara Police finally institute a vaccination policy for its members

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Published December 6, 2021 at 4:47 pm

The Niagara Police have finally instituted a vaccination policy.

All members of the police service will be required to provide proof of vaccination by December 17. However, it’s actually January 4 that’s the make-or-break deadline.

As of January 4, any member of the service who won’t disclose their vaccination status or have opted out of getting the vaccine will have to use a rapid-antigen to prove they are negative. Should someone refuse the test, they will be placed on non-disciplinary unpaid leave.

“Throughout the pandemic, the Niagara Regional Police Service has been committed to ensuring the safety of our community.  A vaccination policy will ensure the on-going health and safety of our members, along with the community that we serve,” says Acting Chief of Police Brett Flynn.

“This policy is one piece of the puzzle to reassure our members as well as members of the public.”

At this early point – the announcement was made today – it is unknown whether the union, the Niagara Region Police Association, will contest the new rules. The union represents over 1,000 uniform and civilian members who are the employees of the Niagara Regional Police Service.

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