North Huron council approves draft vaccination policy

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NORTH HURON – CAO Dwayne Evans presented a draft vaccine policy to council at its Oct. 4 regular meeting, which unanimously passed after a short discussion.

Evans explained to council that in order to comply with federal and provincial law and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), the township must have a policy in place.

“The purpose and intent of the vaccination policy is to encourage and promote the maximization of vaccination rates and ensure that all reasonable preventative precautions and measures are in place to protect the health and safety of all employees, volunteers, and contractors,” the report said.

The Employee Vaccination Policy includes a policy statement, employees’ purpose, scope, definitions, responsibilities, access to vaccination clinics, continued diligence, and records.

All employees of North Huron are required to be vaccinated or provide a medical exemption form, including full-time, part-time, casual, contracted personnel, volunteers and students, the report said. It applies to the initial dose of a vaccine and the administration of any subsequent doses.

The new bylaw will be presented at the Oct. 18 regular meeting. The draft policy can be viewed at northhuron.ca.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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