Today the City of Sarnia released details of the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy for employees, developed in consultation with Lambton Public Health. The Policy requires that all City of Sarnia employees, contractors, consultants, volunteers, and students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
This Policy does not apply to City Council, persons appointed by City Council, and members of the public accessing City of Sarnia municipal services.
In response to evolving data around the Delta variant and based on the recent experiences of other jurisdictions, the Ontario Government, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has paused the exit of Step Three, in relation to the Roadmap to Reopen safety plan.
On September 1, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced the implementation to require a proof of vaccination in select settings starting September 22, 2021. Further, the Acting Medical Officer of Health for the County of Lambton recommends all local employers institute mandatory vaccine policies for staff to protect their companies and customers from COVID-19, and the Delta variant which is currently circulating in our community.
This Policy further demonstrates the City’s commitment to protecting staff and the public, many who have been on the front lines of the pandemic.
“The City of Sarnia is following the lead from our local community partners, Bluewater Health, Lambton College, and other municipalities throughout the Province of Ontario,” says Chris Carter, Chief Administrative Officer. “The City of Sarnia is doing everything we can to protect our community, especially as more of the economy reopens. Health and safety continues to be our number one priority. Our goal is to increase the safety of our workplace for staff, as well as for the public accessing our services.”
The City continues to provide supports for staff, such as allowing staff to attend vaccination appointments during working hours.
The City’s plan for a gradual, safe, and measured reopening continues with a cautious and responsible approach. We ask all members of the public to use vigilance when visiting City facilities and amenities, in accordance with public health guidelines. First Floor City Hall Customer Service is expected to resume in person services starting October 12, 2021; City Hall second and third floor will be available to the public by appointment only.
The City of Sarnia’s vaccination policy is available at https://www.sarnia.ca.
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For further information, please contact:
David Logan, General Manager, Corporate Services