The city explained that exemptions for employees will be granted for medical or other reasons under the BC Human Rights Code, but full details of the policy are being finalized. City manager Paul Mochrie said the city is focusing on the health and safety of staff, local residents and businesses.
“We continue to follow public health guidelines in our workplaces, and this mandatory vaccination policy will help provide an additional level of protection against this virus for city staff and the public we serve,” said Mochrie.
The mandatory vaccination policy for municipal workers complies with the rules already announced for federal and provincial workers.
The new policy was announced as more governments and businesses reveal vaccine warrants to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the United States is set to open its land border with the Canada November 8.
Mayor Kennedy Stewart said in a statement he welcomed the new policy.
“This next step will help us prepare to welcome visitors and businesses back to Vancouver as we continue to reopen and position our community as one of the best places in the world to live, work and play,” said Stewart.