Medical Officer of Health strongly recommends workplace vaccine policies

This release from Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health, dated August 30, strongly recommends all local employers to introduce a workplace vaccination policy.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Speaking directly to local employers, Hamilton’s Medical of Officer of Health is urging the implementation of COVID-19 vaccine policies for businesses of all sizes to protect their employees and customers from the Delta variant.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health strongly recommending workplace COVID-19 vaccination policies

The original City of Hamilton release can be found here.

AUGUST 30 2021

HAMILTON, ON – Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, is strongly recommending that local employers address the need for a COVID-19 workplace vaccination policy to protect their employees and their customers from COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

These workplace COVID-19 vaccination policies should explain their purpose, specific actions employees must take, including providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or a medical exemption, and timelines. Workplace vaccination policies should require at minimum:

  • Employees to provide proof of being fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Unvaccinated employees to present written proof of a medical reason from a primary care provider
  • Unvaccinated employees to complete an education course on the risks of being unvaccinated in the workplace

Recommendations on developing a workplace vaccination policy are available at Hamilton.ca/WorkPlaceVaccination. Further resources to support local businesses’ implementation of the recommendations will be made available online in the coming days and weeks.

“I want to applaud those employers who are already leading the way with workplace COVID-19 vaccination policies. Everyone in Hamilton needs to do their part in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant to protect those who cannot be vaccinated – our children under the age of 12 and other vulnerable community members. Through their actions and policies, local employers can provide their customers with peace of mind that they are doing their part to protect their employees, their patrons and the broader community during this critical time in the pandemic.”

Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health

Hamilton employers can also play a critical role in encouraging the importance of getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in a supportive environment through the following:

  • Sharing COVID-19 vaccine information from credible sources
  • Offering translated resources
  • Supporting vaccine champions to initiate conversations with their colleagues
  • Providing paid leave to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Reminding employees that they are legally entitled to up to three paid sick days if they experience side effects from the vaccine
  • Providing transportation options for employees to get their COVID-19 vaccine
  • Hosting a workplace vaccination clinic

There are many locations in Hamilton for community members born in 2009 and earlier to get their first and second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, such as a large-scale clinic, primary care-led clinics, mobile pop-up clinics, school-based clinics and local pharmacies. Vaccines can be accessed both on a walk-in basis at many of these locations or by booking an appointment. Information regarding walk-in options, booking an appointment and frequently asked questions are available at Hamilton.ca/GetYourVaccine.

Getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 does not replace the need for following effective and proven COVID-19 public health measures. Local employers must apply all COVID-19 prevention measures for their sector outlined in provincial guidelines and Hamilton Public Health Services’ guidance including, but not limited to: screening, physical distancing, wearing of masks and eye protection, hand hygiene, infection prevention and control, and a COVID-19 safety plan.

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