SDG and its municipalities are working on a common vaccination policy

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The Municipality of South Dundas is working with SDG Counties and the other five lower-tier municipalities on a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees.

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The Board received an update from CAO Shannon Geraghty at their 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. Unvaccinated employees should be vaccinated no later than January 1, 2022 (two doses plus 14 days).

Any employee who cannot be vaccinated must provide written proof by November from a doctor or nurse practitioner for the reason and a time frame for the exemption.

An employee is defined as a full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, paid on-call firefighter, advisor, committee and board member, volunteer, and intern.

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Geraghty said the policy will be reviewed by a legal expert before being brought back to council for a vote.

Deputy Mayor Kirsten Gardner asked for clarification on the reasons for the exemption and the definition of who can grant a medical exemption.

Geraghty said only medical exemptions would count and benefit from workplace accommodations, employees choosing not to be vaccinated did not have to be granted a workplace accommodations. Employees without an approved accommodation plan or medical exemption will not be permitted to enter the workplace for any reason.

These employees can use their annual leave or other days off, or take unpaid leave.

The final version of the policy is expected to be returned to council for approval in early October.

– The Chief of Morrisburg

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