No vaccine mandate for City of Brampton staff as mayor refuses to set timeline

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Published August 25, 2021 at 11:08 am

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown at his August 25 news conference.

Despite being a leading voice in the call for vaccines and public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown refuses to be pinned down when it comes to a vaccine mandate for city officials and staff.

Speaking at his weekly news conference broadcast live on the city’s Facebook page, Brown said the city continues to engage in discussions with stakeholders and labour unions.

“We believe that any vaccination policies that are implemented are done so in collaboration with our labour partners who have really been unsung pandemic heroes over the last year-and-a-half.”

Brown also said input from Peel Public Health would be critical for any policy that is established.

Later in the news conference, Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel’s medical officer of health, made clear his opinion on a vaccination mandate.

“For employers, I strongly recommend reviewing your safety plan to assess whether workplace risks could be reduced by implementing a proof of vaccination and immunization policy for your staff.”

Despite the promise of collaboration with unions and labour organizations, Brown did not set any sort of timeline for discussions at city council, let alone the actual implementation.

Vaccine mandates are becoming more prevalent in the area over the last week or so. The City of Toronto announced their policy, as did other such organizations and businesses like Toronto Police, University Health Network, TD and RBC.

In addition, several sports teams in Toronto have implemented a policy insisting on a vaccine or recent negative test to attend their games.

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