Central Elgin adopts policy for employee vaccinations

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Central Elgin councillors on Monday, Sept. 27, unanimously adopted the same employee COVID-19 vaccination policy as Elgin County did earlier in the month.

(That’s the policy that applies to all county workers except those in the county’s three long-term care homes, who face a stricter set of rules.)

The policy requires all employees of Central Elgin to “attest” to their vaccination status.

Anyone not fully vaccinated must undergo rapid testing for COVID-19 three times a week, including those who were partially vaccinated or medically exempt.

Those declining to provide information on their vaccination status would also be tested three times a week.

Central Elgin would provide rapid tests for anyone medically exempt from vaccination. All others not fully vaccinated must obtain testing at their own cost and on their own time.

Mayor Sally Martyn said having an identical policy to the county made sense, since the administration offices for both Elgin and Central Elgin were in the same building.

She noted St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital had a similar policy, but was considering moving to mandatory vaccinations for all employees without medical exemptions.

Councillor Fiona Wynn said personally, she felt this area and the world was in the middle of a health crisis.

In some provinces, she said, COVID-19 had brought their health care systems to a standstill because of widespread cases.

She understood some might feel their rights were being infringed, but she also had to think about the rights of those who had health issues and needed to be protected from COVID-19, she said. She urged accepting the policy as an interim measure.

Rob Perry, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express

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