In response to the discussion at the August 10, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting regarding mandatory vaccine responses, we have forwarded the limited information available on Council’s stance to CUPE to review.
CUPE 1883 encourages members to get COVID-19 vaccines that have been proven safe and effective. According to the World Health Organization, the most effective vaccination programs are voluntary and not coercive. Some workers cannot be vaccinated for medical and religious reasons and these workers are protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code and must be accommodated.
Anyone who is not vaccinated must have an employer-provided opportunity to talk with a clinician about any concerns that they have about vaccination and to hear directly why vaccination is safer for them and for their families, and their coworkers, and where applicable, for service recipients they work with.