Calvin Township’s vaccination policy applies to all municipal staff, contractors, and volunteers, and requires proof of vaccination or exemption by December 31, 2021.
On or by that date, proof of at least one Covid-19 vaccination must be presented to the municipal clerk.
For those with a medical reason for passing on the vaccine, a note from a licenced doctor or nurse who verifies the exemption must be provided.
The policy notes that “personal beliefs against vaccination that do not fall within the Human Rights Code will not be accommodated.”
Workers who do not provide proof of full vaccination “either because they have not been vaccinated or because they do not consent to providing proof of vaccination” will be asked to undergo a rapid antigen test weekly.
“The municipality is currently eligible to receive the rapid test at no charge,” the policy explains, and there will be “a trained employee to administer the test.”
If the municipality’s eligibility “to receive free rapid tests is revoked, then the tests will need to be undergone at the worker’s own cost.”
Currently, the municipality has 33 rapid tests available, explained Cindy Pigeau, the municipal clerk.
“All indications are that we will continue to be able to get the free test,” from the federal government she added, but if that does change, “there could be a charge” to users.
“Failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal,” the municipality explains.
“We all have a shared responsibility to keep each other safe.”
David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca