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Update: City of Hamilton Vaccination Verification Policy for City Employees

HAMILTON, ON – Last month, Hamilton City Council approved a policy that requires all staff to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status by September 15, 2021. As of today, approximately 67 per cent of employees have reported in with information related to the policy, with approximately 97 per cent of those employees reporting they are fully vaccinated.

While we are pleased that so many of the employees who met the first deadline in the policy are vaccinated, we are concerned that more staff did not verify their vaccination status with the City.

We expect that, as a large subset of our broader community, City employees likely reflect a similar percentage of those members of our community who have been fully vaccinated.

Those who have not yet provided proof of vaccination status (two doses), and who do not have an approved exemption, will be required to attend a mandatory education session on the benefits of getting vaccinated.

Once attending the vaccination education session, employees are requested to provide proof of their first dose no later than September 30, 2021 and proof of their second dose by November 1, 2021.

Employees who do not provide such proof, or who are not fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021, will be required to submit regular negative COVID-19 testing results. More details on the process for COVID-19 testing will be available in the coming weeks.

For clarity, the following graphic shows which groups of employees are required to attend the education session and which are required to submit regular negative COVID-19 testing results.

Employee Vaccination Chart

Quick Facts

  • More information about mandatory education and COVID-19 testing for those who have not been vaccinated or who do not disclose their vaccination status will be shared soon.
  • The Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Verification Policy applies to all employees, including full-time, part-time, permanent, temporary, casual, volunteers, Council members, members of Council-appointed committees and students.
  • Staff are working with leadership across the organization and our union partners to encourage more employees to become vaccinated and submit their proof of vaccination to the City.
  • More information about getting vaccinated, including clinic locations and hours of operation is available at www.Hamilton.ca/GetYourVaccine 
  • The Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Verification Policy does not mandate vaccination. The policy mandates the disclosure of vaccination status.

“We are committed to taking all the necessary steps to ensure City of Hamilton work spaces are as safe as possible. We know the vaccine works and we all want this pandemic to end. The Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Verification Policy ensures the health and well-being of city employees as well as patrons accessing city services are protected. We must all do our part to beat this virus – do it for yourself, your family and your community!” - Mayor Fred Eisenberger 

“The Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Verification Policy is another step the City of Hamilton is taking to protect the health and safety of our employees and the broader community in Hamilton. As an employer, the City has a duty to protect the health and safety of our workforce. While I would have liked to see a more timely response from the entire corporation and the City will be working with staff and union partners to understand and remove any barriers to the delay in reporting. I’m encouraged to see that, of the employees who have reported, most are fully vaccinated. As we know, getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.” - Janette Smith, City Manager

“I fully support the City implementing a mandatory vaccination verification policy for City employees and efforts aimed at increasing vaccine uptake in the community as a whole. Achieving high levels of vaccination against COVID-19 is the best way to ensure the community can have the highest levels of protection heading into the fall. At this critical time in the pandemic and as we move forward together, we need this leadership from across all parts of our community to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect workers, their customers and the community as a whole.” - Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health

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