COVID-19 vaccination policy for Parksville municipal employees takes effect Feb. 22

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The City of Parksville’s COVID-19 vaccination policy will take effect Feb. 22, according to a media release from the city.

City employees, contractors, volunteers and on-call firefighters will have the choice to take rapid tests if they do not wish to declare their vaccination status. Termination is not being considered for workers who are not vaccinated, according to the city.

Implemented by the city’s chief administrative officer, the decision was made with input from the medical health officer, senior staff, CUPE Local 401 and with guidance from WorkSafe BC.

The release said the policy “is one of the many ways we are working to reduce the workplace risks associated with contracting COVID-19 and to minimize negative impacts on workers.”

The policy, along with other protocols adopted since March 2020, will contribute to he uninterrupted provision of essential municipal services, the city said.

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