MORRISBURG – The Municipality of South Dundas is working with SDG Counties and the other five lower-tier municipalities on a blanket COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees.
Council received an update from CAO Shannon Geraghty at its September 27 meeting.
The seven municipalities are working together on a common policy, as required by the province. Once finalized and approved, all employees must provide written proof of vaccination by November 1. Employees not vaccinated must be vaccinated no later than January 1, 2022 (two doses plus 14 days.)
Any employees who are unable to be vaccinated must provide written proof by November from a physician or nurse practitioner for the reason, and a time-frame for the exemption.
An employee is defined as full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal contract, paid on-call firefighter, councillor, committee and board member, volunteer, and student placement.
Geraghty said that the policy will be reviewed by a legal expert before being brought back to council to be voted on.
Deputy mayor Kirsten Gardner asked for clarification on the exemption reasons, and the definition of who can give a medical exemption.
Geraghty said that only medical exemptions would count and be given workplace accommodations, employees choosing not to get vaccinated did not have to be provided with a workplace accommodation. Employees without an approved accommodation plan, or a medical exemption will not be allowed to enter the workplace for any reason.
Those employees can use their vacation leave or other days off, or take an unpaid leave of absence.
The final version of the policy is expected to return to council for approval in early October.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader