City of Pickering Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination for Municipal Employees

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Pickering, ON, August 25, 2021 – To better safeguard the health and safety of staff, residents, and the broader community, the City of Pickering is implementing a mandatory vaccination procedure requiring that all municipal employees receive at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccines by November 1, 2021.

All employees will be required to submit a proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  Staff who cannot submit documentation will be required to attend mandatory vaccine education training and subsequently provide proof of first dose. Exemptions will only be made for legitimate Ontario Human Rights Code requests.

The mandatory vaccination procedure follows on the robust and stringent protocols and actions that the City had already put in place at the onset of the pandemic, such as: in house contact tracing; installation of Plexiglas barriers; demarcation systems for physical distancing; hand sanitization stations; enforcing mask protocols and provision of other safety supplies; limiting in-office staffing levels and capacity limits; and daily self-screening using a customized app.

The Mayor and Members of Council have each received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines and fully support the mandatory vaccination procedure for staff.

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“As Ontario enters the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Pickering is setting a strong leadership example for the community it dutifully serves. This means holding ourselves to a higher health and safety standard in order to protect our residents, visitors, stakeholders, and overburdened healthcare system. We encourage our municipal neighbours, partners, and businesses to follow suit so that we can mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.”

Mayor Dave Ryan, City of Pickering

“Employees are our most valuable asset. As such, our overarching mandate is to protect their health, safety, and well-being. It is our valued staff that manage, operate, and provide the facilities, services, events, and programs that touch the everyday lives of our residents. That’s why it’s critical that we implement strong measures such as the mandatory vaccination procedure. We have never faltered in our provision of outstanding municipal services, and we will do what it is necessary to prevent that from ever happening.”

Marisa Carpino, Chief Administrative Officer

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As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:

Mark Guinto
Division Head, Public Affairs & Corporate Communications | Office of the CAO
905.420.4660 ext. 2013  |  1.866.683.2760
mguinto@pickering.ca



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