HOWICK – The Township of Howick is the latest municipality to implement a COVID-19 vaccination policy, with council approving the Oct. 19 report from Clerk Carol Watson that introduced the new policy.
All employees and councillors conducting business on behalf of Howick Township must disclose their vaccination status by Nov. 1.
Employees who choose not to disclose their vaccination status will be considered to be unvaccinated for the purposes of this policy.
Unvaccinated employees will be required to complete mandatory training on the benefits of vaccination by Nov. 12.
These employees that are considered unvaccinated without an approved exemption will be responsible for costs incurred for each rapid antigen test.
Costs of the test will be determined by the township, acting reasonably and using best efforts to minimize the price and will be subject to any applicable laws and reasonable practices.
Howick Township reserves the right to require rapid antigen testing of any employee at any time.
All new or rehired Township of Howick employees, including returning seasonal employees, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of being hired or rehired by the Township of Howick.
The motion passed unanimously, and a bylaw will be prepared for the next town council meeting.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times