London Mayor: COVID vaccinations must be necessary for metropolis employees

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August 19, 20213 hours ago3 minutes read 47 comments Mayor Ed Holder Mayor Ed Holder

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The Mayor of London is pushing to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for city workers, following the lead of Canada’s largest city and local health unit.

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Mayor Ed Holder said Thursday that active discussions are underway at City Hall to make the vaccine a requirement for London’s approximately 3,000 workers and insists that he has no power to force shots on city workers.

“We consult with our senior administrative staff and work partners here in town,” he said. “In addition to the legal complexity, a number of factors play a role, but these are currently being reviewed. It is important. . . . I hope we come to this place. “

Details of Holder’s vaccine mandate proposal, including how to deal with employees who cannot or will not receive COVID vaccinations, are unclear.

Toronto Mayor John Tory announced Thursday that municipal workers there would have to show proof of vaccination by September 13th. Employees who are not in training on the benefits of COVID vaccines and must demonstrate a first and second dose by September 30th, shot by October 30th.

Tory did not say how to deal with employees who did not meet the October 30 deadline. Toronto Transit Commission workers are also on a vaccine mandate and must receive their doses by September 13th.

Holder said he is reviewing Toronto’s vaccine needs for city staff, but suspects it wasn’t a unilateral move by Tory.

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As of July 7, 87% of all # COVID19 cases in # LdnOnt-Middlesex were not fully vaccinated, while 93% of hospital stays during the same period were also not fully vaccinated. Most importantly – not a single person has died from # COVID19 with two shots in # LdnOnt-Middlesex.

– Ed Holder (@ldnontmayor) August 18, 2021

“What you have here is a negotiation that the mayor has likely had with various union groups,” he said, adding that working together is key to a successful vaccine mandate at London City Hall.

“I suspect this was a joint effort between the City of Toronto, its affiliated unions and health unit, and the provincial health officer.”

Middlesex-London’s health department has made COVID vaccination mandatory for its employees, her deputy said on Thursday.

“We try to provide this example. We think it’s important, ”said Assistant Health Officer Alex Summers. “There are discussions and challenges as we move through all of this, and those discussions are important.”

Partnerships between employers, workers and trade unions are “critical” to ensuring job security and the community, he said.

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Holder’s push for a community vaccination mandate comes as other organizations and institutions across Ontario begin toughening the rules for unvaccinated people.

The province is now requiring hospitals and secondary schools to implement mandatory vaccination guidelines and testing requirements for those who cannot or will not receive injections.

In London, Western University required COVID-19 scans for staff and students returning to campus ahead of the province’s announcement. Fanshawe College only needed shots for college athletes and students living in their dorm.

Fanshawe is awaiting further instructions from the Department of Colleges and Universities after this week’s announcement, but hopes to release details of its plan next week, a spokesman said Thursday.

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Private sports and concert companies also make vaccinations a prerequisite for participating in events.

This week, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns and operates Scotiabank Arena, home of the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs, announced that a vaccination certificate or negative test will be required from all visitors to the venues starting next month.

Concert giant Live Nation is planning a similar policy for its events across Canada, but no schedule for implementation has been released.

With files from The Canadian Press

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CORONAVIRUS CASES: THE NUMBERS

(* Numbers for Southwest Ontario as of Thursday, August 19, 2021, 6:00 p.m.)

  • Ontario – 557,451 cases
  • London-Middlesex – 13,034 cases, 232 deaths
  • Elgin-Oxford – 4,032 cases, 84 deaths
  • Brant – 3,531 cases, 20 deaths
  • Chatham-Kent – 1,964 cases, 17 deaths
  • Sarnia-Lambton – 3,662 cases, 68 deaths
  • Huron Perth – 1,985 cases, 57 deaths
  • Gray-Bruce – 2,212 cases, 9 deaths
  • Windsor-Essex – 17,431 cases, 437 deaths

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