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Four unions representing Ottawa transit and municipal employees have filed complaints to the city over a policy that imposes COVID-19 vaccinations on all employees.

According to the policy announced last month, all Ottawa City employees are expected to have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 15th. Full vaccination would then be required for those providing personal services before November 1, two weeks after immunization is considered active.

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Four union chapters representing Ottawa City employees and transit workers filed complaints shortly after the policy was announced, according to a statement provided to Global News by city attorney David White on Wednesday.

These include two chapters of the Amalgamated Transit Union, ATU 279 and ATU 1760, and two chapters of the Canadian Union of Government Employees, CUPE 5500 and CUPE 503.

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Most of the aforementioned unions represent OC Transpo drivers, maintenance crews, administrators or support staff, while CUPE 503 covers other municipal staff, including paramedics, long-term care and library staff.

“These issues are in the initial stages and continue through the normal appeals process outlined in the respective agreements,” White said.

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The complaints were first reported by CBC News.

Across Ottawa, 84 percent of eligible residents have now received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 89 percent receiving at least one starting dose.

Wednesday’s vaccination update from Ottawa Public Health shows that 80 percent of residents ages 18-39 — the demographic reporting on the lowest levels of vaccine intake in the city — have now received first doses.

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