COVID-19 vaccination verification and testing policy for C-K staff and volunteers now in effect

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A COVID-19 vaccination verification and testing policy for staff and volunteers has come into effect.

Beginning October 1, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is implementing a COVID-19 Vaccination Verification and Testing policy for employees and volunteers.

This policy will require employees and volunteers to declare their vaccination status no later than October 18.

The policy will make testing mandatory for all Municipality of Chatham-Kent employees and volunteers who are not fully vaccinated. Exceptions will only be made for employees and volunteers with an approved exemption under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

According to CAO Don Shropshire, the municipality is hopeful the new vaccination certification and testing policy will ensure the continued safety of employees, families, and citizens.

“We continue to encourage all of our employees to get fully vaccinated,” said Shropshire. “The Municipality of Chatham-Kent needs to be a leader in the community promoting vaccination. Our Public Health team has been promoting vaccinations as an essential component in our overall plan to safeguard our community against the pandemic. We need to support them.”

According to Cathy Hoffman, General Manager Corporate Services/Chief Human Resources Officer, separate policies are being developed for contractors and members of council.

Visitors and patrons of municipal facilities will continue to follow provincial guidelines, some that are included in the provincial vaccination certification program.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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