October 15 2021
HAMILTON, ON – In August 2021, Hamilton City Council approved a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Verification Policy, which requires all City employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
As of today, approximately 83 per cent of employees have reported in with information required under the policy, with approximately 91 per cent of those employees reporting that they are fully vaccinated.
Under the policy, all City employees are required to provide proof of both doses of their COVID-19 vaccination by November 1, 2021. Employees who did not provide proof of both doses of their vaccine by September 15 were also required to complete a virtual vaccine education session.
Beginning November 1, 2021, staff who have not provided proof of both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are required to take part in the City’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program. Under the program, staff will submit tests twice per week, regardless of their shift schedule or if they are currently working from home.
Testing kits will be provided to employees free of charge. Employees will self-administer the test and report the results from home as directed. The testing regime will begin the week of November 1, 2021.
Those staff who refuse to enter the testing program or do not submit their test results as required will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence. The employee will remain on unpaid leave until they agree to participate in the City’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program.
- 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.
- The Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Verification Policy does not mandate vaccination. The policy mandates the disclosure of vaccination status and testing for those who are not fully vaccinated.
"It is encouraging to see more city employees doing their part to fight against this pandemic and foster a safe work environment for the city. 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. Continuing to work together and trusting the science are the best things we can do to fight this virus – do it for yourself, your family and your community!”
- Mayor Fred Eisenberger
“The Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Verification Policy is meant to promote the benefits of getting vaccinated and ensure a healthy and safe work environment for all City staff as well as those residents visiting our facilities or interacting with City staff. As we look ahead toward implementing the City’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program, those employees who have chosen not to become vaccinated or not disclose their vaccination status to the City are provided with a choice, while allowing the City to continue safely delivering services to the residents of Hamilton.”
- Lora Fontana, Executive Director, Human Resources