Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Further to our organization’s ongoing commitment to take important steps in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and in light of the October 6 announcement by the Province of Nova Scotia, the municipality is implementing a mandatory vaccination policy for its employees, students, work placements and volunteers.
On October 7, the municipality announced that all municipal employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated by December 15, 2021 and that any municipal staff who are not fully vaccinated by then will face employment consequences, including unpaid administrative leave, unless they have received an employer-approved exemption.
On October 22, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommended that the optimal interval between first and second doses is eight weeks. As a result, if an employee has chosen to follow NACI’s recommendation, by December 3, the employee was required show proof that they received their first dose on or before November 3, and are on track to be fully vaccinated by January 12, 2022.
By December 3, 2021, any municipal employees, students, work placements and volunteers – including for HRP and HRFE – who did not show their proof of full vaccination, or proof that they have commenced the vaccination process and will be fully vaccinated by Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, may face employment consequences. This could include unpaid administrative leave beginning Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, unless they have received an employer-approved exemption. All other individual situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual circumstances presented.
Full vaccination will also be a condition for new staff being hired. All other individual situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual circumstances presented.
The municipality continues its practice of following the direction and guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Nova Scotia.