Toronto public service workers face 6-week unpaid suspension, layoff if not fully immunized by November 1 – .

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City of Toronto employees have less than a month to get a full COVID-19 vaccine, otherwise they will be suspended without pay and ultimately fired if they fail to comply with the city’s mandatory vaccination policy.

The city released an update to its policy on Wednesday and said staff will need to prove they are fully vaccinated by November 1 in order to avoid the suspension.

During the suspension, staff can return to work if they provide proof of having received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

However, if they fail to be fully immunized after the unpaid suspension on December 13, their employment will be terminated for failure to adhere to the city’s immunization policy.

“We know that vaccinations are the best way to protect ourselves and our community against the continuing threat of COVID-19. I look forward to more staff joining their colleagues for a full vaccination in the coming weeks so that all of our workplaces are as safe as possible during the current fourth wave and when our city reopens ” Mayor John Tory said in a press release.

Employees who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 due to medical exceptions or other approved exemptions will be entitled to accommodations.

The city said it will continue to focus on educating staff on the benefits of immunization and that it will continue to offer online training modules, as well as new targeted education sessions and health clinics. vaccination in some workplaces with lower vaccination rates.

To enable staff to take advantage of these resources, staff who receive their first dose and provide proof by October 15 will have until November 15 to receive their second dose.

Toronto released its vaccination policy in late August to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

City staff were to disclose their immunization status by September 17 and be partially vaccinated by September 30.

To date, 95% of active city staff have submitted their vaccination declaration form.

So far, 89 percent, or 26,138 members, of workers in Toronto who have disclosed their immunization status are fully immunized, five percent are partially immunized, and two percent have chosen not to disclose their immunization status.

The city said it had started considering plans to mitigate any impact on services or staff resulting from suspensions and layoffs due to the vaccination policy.


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