Municipal Staff Vaccination Update - January 5
The City of Windsor will be moving forward with filling 43 full-time and 61 temporary part-time jobs left vacant by staff members who did not comply with the corporation’s staff vaccination policy.
As was reported on December 16, 2021, undeclared/unvaccinated City staff have two key dates to meet for COVID-19 vaccination: January 4 for a proof of a first dose; and February 1 for proof of a second dose.
3,463 employees are now compliant with the policy, but 104 others are not, and the latter will receive letters of termination.
“The full impact of the Omicron Variant is still unknown, but we can see today the devastating effects it is having on our schools, businesses, and our healthcare system,” said Chief Administrative Officer Jason Reynar. “We know that the only path available to keep our employees and our residents safe is through vaccination. I’m therefore very thankful to our employees who have been vaccinated and who continue to provide the critical services, programs and infrastructure to our community.”
On September 16, 2021, City Council adopted a vaccination policy that required all staff to provide proof of vaccination status or to apply for and obtain a medical or human rights accommodation by November 15, 2021. A significant amount of training and education activities was undertaken to help respond to any questions or concerns regarding vaccine efficacy and safety; however, about 7% (~200) of staff remained unvaccinated or undeclared and were given dates by which to be vaccinated or face termination.
Remaining staff were redeployed as needed, and temporary resources were activated to ensure that the workload of individuals on unpaid leaves of absence was completed.
Non-compliance on the part of Transit Windsor staff led to an unavoidable reduction in transit service, which took effect November 22, 2021, and will remain in place until further notice.
The mass vaccination site in Devonshire Mall is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; appointments are available at www.WEVax.ca online.