Ninety per cent of City of Mississauga workers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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Published October 20, 2021 at 2:32 pm

Some 90 per cent of the City of Mississauga’s more than 6,000 workers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The City, which unveiled its staff and volunteer vaccination policy on Sept. 27 that mandates all workers be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31 or face regular testing for the virus, said this afternoon that declarations of vaccination status are still being collected from a small number of employees. 

As such, City officials say, the compliance number could fluctuate. 

“More than half of the City of Mississauga employees have been on the front lines of COVID-19 delivering essential services to the community,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It is remarkable that City employee vaccination rates are trending higher than our community vaccination rates and I am hopeful that when all the data is in, the number will be on par with the Region of Peel’s two-dose coverage in our community.” 

The process of disclosing vaccination status, which had to be done by Oct. 15, requires an employee to show their vaccination certificate in-person to their supervisor or manager. Due to the differing schedules between some staff and supervisors, the City will continue to collect disclosure information, officials said. 

The City says that employees who did not disclose or remain unvaccinated by choice have completed a mandatory education session on the benefits of being vaccinated and will participate in regular rapid antigen testing, at their cost, beginning Nov. 1. 

Officials add they’ve received minimal exemption requests from employees, which are being handled on a case-by-case basis. 

“Throughout the pandemic, employee health and safety has been at the forefront of all of our decisions,” said City Manager Paul Mitcham. “We thank all of our employees for their cooperation with this new policy. We will continue to adapt policies and procedures to align with the current public health measures.” 

 

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