WARMINGTON: More vaccine-hesitant Toronto workers get jab as some cops claim injuries

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With the clock ticking down on City of Toronto employees facing termination for not disclosing their vaccine status, more holdouts have caved to pressure and gotten jabbed.

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“Comparing data from end of day Nov. 4 to end of day Nov. 10, an additional 111 employees have submitted their vaccination status and 379 additional employees are now fully vaccinated,” a City of Toronto news release stated Friday. “Overall, 99% of the active workforce has declared their status and 95% are fully vaccinated.”

That, however, was not the only statistic that stood out on city workers.

Toronto Police confirm 11 officers have filed an “injured on duty (IOD)” claim after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Yes, we have 11 members,” Toronto Police spokesperson Connie Osborne said.

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It seemed like a significant number. But Osborne warned “please note, this can be for a variety of reasons including a physical health or mental health response to the vaccine itself and the policy implemented by the service.”

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Either way, in talking with two Toronto cops complaining about adverse reactions, the service has been compassionate towards those who have filed IOD reports. One officer considering a claim talked of issues with heart palpations and skin sores while another other described calling in sick after being unable to “stand up.”

Both said they took their shots fearing potential firing.

The city’s news release strongly encourages employees to join the majority who got the vaccine.

“The city has again seen an increase in the number of employees – 379 in less than one week – who have made the decision to receive a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said City Manager Chris Murray. “We continue to uphold our responsibility to provide a safe workplace for all of our employees and a fully vaccinated workforce is essential to achieving that.”

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The release explained “as of Nov. 10, 379 staff (an increase of 131 compared to Nov. 4) have been placed on unpaid suspension for non-compliance with the policy, and 101 staff (an increase of 50 compared to Nov. 4) have been placed on leave of absence pending review of an accommodation request.”

It has been my consistent position that threatening people with not being able to put food on the table is cruel and there must be more humane alternatives. And Toronto does not have to look far to find examples.

In Peel Region, police, fire, ambulance and all municipal workers are not faced with the ultimatum to buckle or face homelessness.

“You’re right, we do make accommodations, which is requiring those who do not disclose their status, or who remain unvaccinated, to have to undergo regular rapid antigen testing,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s spokesperson Daniel Bitonti.

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Mayor Crombie said: “The vast majority of our employees have disclosed that they are fully vaccinated, and I’m incredibly thankful for that. I continue to encourage those who remain unvaccinated to do so as soon as possible. As an employer and the operator of many frontline services, the City of Mississauga has a duty to ensure we create a safe environment for our employees, volunteers and the residents we serve.”

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Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said instead of firing staff for non-compliance, his city is offering a vaccine information course while employing rapid testing for those who refuse.

Toronto, however, continues to take a harsher stance: “Starting on Monday, Dec. 13, staff members who do not provide proof of receiving both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will have their employment terminated for cause, as they will have chosen not to comply with the vaccination policy,” said the release.

It’s seems too harsh when you consider this vaccine was just introduced this year and it’s not clear how many boosters people will need. But now with Toronto Police indicating they have 11 people who claim they were Injured on Duty after vaccination, the city should review its approach.

My advice is Toronto should cease and desist suspensions and firings and follow Mississauga and Brampton’s kinder lead.

jwarmington@postmedia.com

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