On Monday December 20, 2021, the City of Winnipeg announced that all employees of the city must be vaccinated.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the health and safety of our residents and our employees continues to be foremost in our minds,” said Michael Jack, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Winnipeg. “By requiring all of our employees to be fully immunized against COVID-19, we are doing everything we can to keep our employees safe and to protect the critical services they deliver to our residents.”
Staff have until February 22, 2o21 to comply with the order although there are exceptions for those who have a medical exemption. Staff who have not yet received the vaccine must get their first dose by January 11 and their second dose no later than February 8, 2022 in order to comply with the new orders.
Staff who refuse to be vaccinated will be subject to regular and frequent testing. It is expected that city staff who refuse to comply with the order will be placed on unpaid leave.
Approximately 5500 frontline workers in the city are currently required to be vaccinated. There are currently 175 staff who are regularly testing for COVID-19 and 12 staff on unpaid leave for not complying with orders.
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