Haldimand County wants as many of its employees as possible double-vaccinated against COVID-19.
Haldimand council has approved a policy that requires all county employees to disclose their vaccination status by Oct. 18.
Those employees who are not double vaccinated or who present a medical exemption from their physician “must participate in regular, rapid antigen testing until such time as they are considered fully immunized,” the county said in a news release.
“The new policy aims to fulfill the county’s commitment of providing a safe working environment and has been implemented to protect the county’s workforce and members of the public from the hazards of COVID-19.”
The policy is a blanket one covering all county employees and “elected officials, board (and) committee appointees, volunteers, volunteer firefighters, the Haldimand County Library Board and its staff, and volunteers.”
Consistent with Ministry of Health mandates in the area of health care, staff at the Grandview Lodge long-term care home in Dunnville and Haldimand paramedics are covered by a separate policy. At Tuesday’s meeting, “council amended these policies to require mandatory vaccination for all staff in these high-risk settings by Nov. 17.”
Haldimand County says the policies it adopted this week are “in alignment with provincial directives and subject to limited exceptions in accordance with the Human Rights Code of Ontario and consistent with public-health policy.
“New employees – or (current) employees entering into a new employment contract internally must be fully vaccinated or produce an eligible exemption as a condition of the new employment agreement.”
Norfolk County reported this summer that it is developing vaccination policies of its own given that COVID-19 remains a problem. Those policies have yet to come to Norfolk council for approval.
Additional details on vaccine policy in Haldimand are available at the county website at HaldimandCounty.ca.