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Grey Bruce Health Unit encourages workplace COVID vaccine policy

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is urging local employers to develop vaccination policies to help keep their workers and the public safe from COVID-19.

In a release the health unit says “the policy would identify organizational expectations” when it comes to employees being vaccinated.

It should lay out what needs to be done to prove vaccination status or medical exemption and set a timeline.

There are templates posted on the Grey Bruce Health Unit website.

“We require a community-wide response against COVID-19. Our efforts would go further if every sector, including employers, are committed to mitigating the 4th wave.” said Dr. Ian Arra, Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health in a release. “A workplace vaccine policy protect the employer, protects the employees and protects the public. It is one more tool we can use to safeguard our community and our health system capacity. Getting fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is the best defense against the virus, including the Delta variant.”

Employers can also help in the fight against COVID-19 by providing information from credible sources; supporting “vaccine champions” to start conversations with their peers; give workers paid time off to get the jab; let workers know they are legally entitled to three paid sick days if they have side effects; and provide workers with transportation to get vaccinated.
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