Regional District of Nanaimo announces employee COVID-19 vaccination policy

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The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) will implement a COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees and contracted employees. 

When the policy comes into effect on Jan. 10, 2022, employees will need to provide proof of vaccination or regular negative testing results, according to a release from the regional district. 

“The decision to require vaccines for all employees was not made lightly and only after much research and discussion with the management team, union representatives and service partners,” said Douglas Holmes, RDN chief administrative officer. “The policy is consistent with other jurisdictions and we are grateful to all of our employees who continue to work within necessary pandemic guidelines to safely deliver essential and non-essential programs and services to our residents.” 

The deadline allows staff sufficient time to get two doses of the vaccine by January 10, 2022 if they have not yet received their first dose, according to the RDN.

The RDN said it will continue to follow provincial health orders and employ best practices in its facilities, while delivering programs and services to protect the health and safety of employees and residents.

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