Syringes of COVID-19 vaccine. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Syringes of COVID-19 vaccine. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

COVID-19: City of Parksville to institute mandatory vaccination policy starting Feb. 22

Termination not being considered for unvaccinated staff

City of Parksville officials announced earlier this month they would be instituting a mandatory vaccination policy for employees.

In a release issued Monday, Jan. 17, it was indicated this operational safety measure will take effect on Feb. 22, 2022.

City employees, contractors, volunteers, and on-call firefighters have the choice to take rapid tests if they do not wish to declare their vaccination status. Termination is not being considered for workers who are not vaccinated.

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The release stated that “implemented by the city’s chief administrative officer, this decision was made with input from the medical health officer, senior staff, CUPE Local 401 and with guidance from WorkSafe BC. It is one of the many ways the city is working to reduce the workplace risks associated with contracting COVID-19 and to minimize negative impacts on workers.”

Business continuity is a critical consideration for governments, stated the release, noting this initiative, along with the many other protocols adopted since March 2020, will contribute to the uninterrupted provision of essential municipal services.

More information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at www.letstalkparksville.ca/covid-19.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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