Capital Regional District mandates COVID-19 vaccine for all its employees

Capital Regional District mandates COVID-19 vaccine for all its employees

Employees with the Capital Regional District will need to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

The Capital Regional District (CRD) announced Wednesday that it will be making COVID-19 vaccination a requirement for its 1,100 employees.

The requirement is to support the province’s efforts in fighting against the pandemic and protect the health and safety of the public, the CRD said in a news release.

“Throughout the pandemic, the CRD has aligned its response to support the overall provincial pandemic response and has continued to deliver critical and essential services to the Region, such as drinking water, waste management, social housing, regional parks, and emergency management,” said CRD chief administrative officer Bob Lapham in the press release.

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“The CRD has and continues, to strongly encourage all of its staff to be vaccinated.  While we are confident that the overall vast majority of staff are vaccinated, implementing a vaccination policy at this time is one additional measure to ensure our workplaces, our staff, and our public are as safe as possible.”

CRD employees and volunteers are required to be vaccinated and have their B.C. vaccine card ready by Dec. 13.

“The December 13 timeline was chosen because it allows sufficient time for employees who have not yet received their first dose of vaccine to be fully vaccinated,” read the statement.

Those who refuse to comply with the proof of vaccination policy by the deadline could get fired.

Accommodations will be made for the few individuals who are unable to be vaccinated for legitimate medical reasons, read the statement.


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