Toronto employees who do not provide evidence of being vaccinated against COVID-19 will be suspended without pay from November 1st.
City officials said in a press release Wednesday that the suspension will last six weeks and if staff do not provide proof of full vaccination by December 13, they will be fired “for any reason as they have chosen not to comply with the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. ”
However, the statement said employees who have not yet received their first shot will have the opportunity to provide evidence of their first dose before October 15 and then have until November 15 to get their second dose to avoid suspension.
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Employees who have been suspended will be allowed to return to work if they end up proving full vaccination.
“The city will continue to comply with its human rights obligations, and employees who are unable to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine under a protected ground described in the Ontario Human Rights Code are entitled to accommodation,” the statement said.
The city announced its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees on August 26th.
Officials said that while the number of employees not fully vaccinated is “low”, plans are planned to “mitigate any service or personnel impact as a result of this policy enforcement.”
The statement said that as of Tuesday, 95 percent of active city workers have completed the vaccination form; 89 percent of those who stated their status are fully vaccinated, and five percent are partially vaccinated.
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