City updates vaccine policy to make COVID inoculation a condition of employment
City of Toronto employees who refuse the COVID vaccine will lose their jobs.
That update to the city’s vaccination policy was confirmed Wednesday, as municipal officials unveiled the consequences unvaccinated employees will face.
Starting Nov. 1, staff unable to prove receipt of two COVID-19 vaccine shots will be handed a six-month unpaid suspension from work.
If they still haven’t provided proof of vaccination by Dec. 13, the city will consider municipal workers to be in wilful non-compliance of the policy and have their employment terminated for cause.
Those who provide proof of their first dose by Oct. 15 will have until Nov. 15 to get their second shot.
As of Oct. 5, 89% of the more than 37,000 employees that have disclosed their vaccination status to management are fully vaxxed, according to the city.
It added that 5% of declared staff have only one shot, while 2% have chosen not to disclose their vaccination status.
In August, the city announced plans to make inoculation against COVID-19 mandatory for all city employees, but until Wednesday, wouldn’t confirm if refusing the jab would be a firing offence.
Under the policy, vaccination will be mandatory for all new hires.
The city has vowed to abide by human rights obligations and accommodate those with legitimate medical exemptions.