Halton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani, is recommending that local employers address the need for a workplace vaccination policy to protect their workers and the public from COVID-19. Workplace vaccination policies should explain their purpose, specific actions workers must take (including providing proof of vaccination status or a medical exemption) and timelines.
These recommendations on developing a workplace vaccination policy are posted on Halton’s COVID-19 Resources for Businesses webpage and can be downloaded here. Further resources to support the recommendations will be made available online next week.
Employers can also play a critical role in promoting the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine by:
- providing vaccine information from credible sources;
- providing translated resources;
- supporting vaccine champions to initiate conversations with their peers;
- providing paid leave to get vaccinated;
- reminding workers that they are legally entitled to up to three paid sick days if they have side effects from the vaccine; and
- providing transportation support to get vaccinated.
All residents who have been vaccinated in Ontario, or who have provided proof of their vaccination to their local public health unit, are able to access proof of their vaccination through the Provincial vaccination system.
Vaccination does not replace the need for strict adherence to established COVID-19 public health measures. Employers must continue to implement all COVID-19 prevention measures for their sector outlined in provincial guidelines and Halton Region Public Health 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.