The Metropolis of London’s COVID-19 vaccine coverage goes into full impact on October 1st

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The City of London City Council has unveiled its Administrative Policy on Evidence of COVID-19 Vaccination Administration, which will begin September 15, although parts of the policy will not take effect until October 1.

City councils are not affected as they are technically not employees of the city, although work is underway to implement similar policies for elected officials.

The policy applies to almost everyone employed by the City of London, directly or indirectly, as a contractor or consultant, as well as volunteers, interns and interns. City councils are not affected. It will, among other things, require those who are not fully vaccinated to have regular tests.

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The policy also does not apply to Dearness Home employees as they are governed by provincial policies and procedures. Even employees on leave are not affected.

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As for city councils, Deputy Mayor Josh Morgan plans to table a motion at Monday’s Corporate Services Committee meeting for city officials to develop a similar policy for councilors to vote on.

Councilors Phil Squire and Shawn Lewis both expressed their support for the motion to Global News. Both also expect that the proposal will meet with little opposition.

“If you say, ‘Well, employees have an obligation,’ then I really believe that elected officials should have the same obligations,” Squire said.

“I would be surprised if there is great opposition to us applying the same policy. I think that’s only fair. Although we are not (city) employees, we are in the town hall, we interact with the public and expect the public to be safe. “

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Councilor Shawn Lewis not only expressed support for Morgan’s proposal, but also said he wanted a provincial approach to all public sector workers.

“Whether provincial or community workers, school board, police or transportation,” Lewis told Global News.

“I think when it comes to public service we really need a single policy across the province. And I hope that by taking this step in town hall a message will be sent to the province that we need your support to move this forward. “

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According to the administrative guideline on the proof of COVID-19 vaccination for persons falling under civil administration, those affected must:

  • provide proof of a complete vaccination against COVID-19 or
  • Provide written attestation of the medical reason or the Ontario Human Rights Code reason for not being vaccinated and having regular tests, or
  • Take a training session and take regular tests.

If someone is partially vaccinated, they must have a regular test for up to 14 days after the second dose. The report says a third party will run the rapid tests at a cost of $ 2,000 to $ 3,000 per week.

All those affected are asked to submit proof of vaccination or a certificate stating the reason for not being fully vaccinated by September 15th. The testing and training sessions begin October 1st.

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The policy will “remain in force indefinitely as long as the risks and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are present,” the report said.

“It will be reviewed regularly and changed if necessary as information and data on COVID-19 evolves and is informed by public health recommendations.”

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The policy, the report said, is in response to “evolving data on portability of the Delta variant” and “increasing COVID-19 cases at both local and provincial levels” and the fact that “vaccination in combination with Health and safety precautions have been identified by public health as the most effective means of reducing COVID-19 transmission.

It also states that under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the city is required to “take all reasonable precautions to protect its workers in the circumstances” and that all information collected for the directive is treated “in accordance with local freedom” of information and Data Protection Act. “

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The report outlining the policy will be presented at the Corporate Services Committee meeting on Monday where Morgan will present its proposal.

Lewis and Squire both expect the councilors policy, if approved, would go into effect in a similar timeframe.

Locally, the seven-day case average for the London-Middlesex area was 29 on Wednesday, up from 18 in the previous seven days and 7.1 a month ago.

Of all the cases reported by the Middlesex-London Health Unit in the past six weeks, only 13.39 percent of COVID-19 cases were of fully vaccinated individuals.

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