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City of Burlington Update on Staff Vaccination Numbers

Staff vaccinations update

*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Nov. 3, 2021 — The City of Burlington is providing an update on its staff vaccination numbers in accordance with the City’s COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Policy.  This policy is applicable to all City staff, regardless of work location.  All City staff are required to show proof of vaccination, with some exceptions for those who are legally entitled to accommodation.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021:

  • 97% of City staff have submitted their vaccination status as required by the City’s COVID-19 staff vaccination policy
  • 88% of City’s total work force (includes full-time and part-time employees) are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  This percentage reflects how many staff in our total workforce are vaccinated and not the vaccine status of only those staff who have supplied their vaccination information.

There is additional work underway to collect outstanding vaccination status submissions and up to date information will continue to be gathered.

“My thanks to staff for their ongoing support to keep our work environment and our residents safe. The City’s COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Policy helps us protect each other and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The City, as an employer, has an obligation under Ontario law to take all necessary precautions to protect its workers.  We continue to gather the vaccination status of staff to give us a clear and accurate picture of our total workforce and serve our community through this pandemic.” —  Tim Commisso, Burlington City Manager

Quick facts:

  • City staff who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated are required to participate in regular Rapid Antigen Testing prior to entering the workplace.
  • Starting Oct.4, required Rapid Antigen Testing was provided to unvaccinated individuals by the City. After Nov.26, the City will no longer provide Rapid Antigen Testing and an unvaccinated individual will be required to arrange and pay for their own Rapid Antigen Testing.
  • As part of the City’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace, employees are also required to complete an e-screening form prior to entering a City facility.
  • There are 1,500+ employees at the City.
  • City Council has fully supported the City’s COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Policy.  This policy also applies to members of City Council.

*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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1 thought on “City of Burlington Update on Staff Vaccination Numbers”

  1. Notwithstanding the larger moral, ethical, & legal issues regarding this entire situation being thrust upon people, I applaud the City for not being so draconian as too many other employers that do not allow any alternative but getting a “COVID-19 vaccine”. Regular rapid testing is a completely reasonable alternative. Everyone has the right to work in order to feed, shelter, & clothe their family!

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