Hamilton will keep vaccine mandate for city employees in place

Hamilton city council has voted to maintain its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all city employees.

The city’s policy requires all employees – including full-time, part-time, permanent, temporary, casual, volunteer, council members, members of council-appointed committees, and students – to prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Employees who fail to provide evidence of vaccination by May 31st, 2022 will face termination, according to a release from the city.

City councillors voted on the issue on Wednesday, ending in a tied vote of 6-6 (with 4 councillors absent) which defeated the motion.

“It’s important that the City of Hamilton continue to balance responding to changes in the COVID-19 environment with continuing to protect the health, safety and wellbeing our employees and the public we serve, and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 conditions in the community, and revisit the policy as an organization in the future should that be required,” said City Manager Janette Smith.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the 94% of employees who chose, to date, to fully vaccinate to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community – your actions are sincerely appreciated as we continue to navigate our way through the evolution of the pandemic.”

Read the full release here.

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