Nearly 400 more City of Toronto workers are now in compliance with vaccination mandate, hundreds more on unpaid leave – .

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Nearly 400 more City of Toronto workers are now in compliance with vaccination mandate, hundreds more on unpaid leave – .


TORONTO – Nearly 400 additional City of Toronto employees have been fully immunized over the past week as the city continues to see an increase in the number of its employees who choose to be immunized in the face of the prospect of being put on unpaid leave and finally ended.

In a press release issued Friday afternoon, the city of Toronto said 97.3 percent of its more than 32,000 active employees have now received at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 384 other staff. who have been fully immunized within the past week.

The city says it has now placed 541 staff on unpaid leave, which is an increase of 26 from last week.

The city, however, says 15 employees have since returned to work after complying with their vaccination mandate.

“It is encouraging to see that week after week we are seeing an increase in the number of fully vaccinated employees. This is an important step in providing a safe workplace for our employees and helping to protect our community, ”City Manager Chris Murray said in the press release.

The city began meeting with employees who are not vaccinated or who refused to disclose their status earlier this month.

At the start of these meetings, nearly 1,300 employees were not meeting its vaccine mandate.

But since then that number has been reduced to 880.

The city says nearly 500 of those people are partially vaccinated and will now receive until Jan. 2 to be fully vaccinated following a change in the recommended dosage range.

The city had previously said it intended to fire all non-compliant employees with just cause as of December 13.

So far, the service impacts resulting from the dismissal of hundreds of employees have been minimal, although the city had to cancel more than 90 recreation programs due to a staff shortage last week.

He says there are “no further changes to recreation programs to report this week.”

“While the city continues to implement its vaccination policy, it does not anticipate the impacts on critical and priority services,” the press release noted.

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