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The City of Whitehorse has not decided absolutely what it will do with employees who refuse to get vaccinated, says its director of the human resources department.
Lindsay Schneider told the Star this morning employees are being asked to fill out an on-line document by Dec. 12 indicating whether they’re fully vaccinated and whether they intend to get fully vaccinated by the Feb. 20, 2022 deadline imposed by the city.
The city issued a news release Friday setting out the requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated by Feb. 20.
The city has 435-plus employees, 330 of them permanent.
At this point, Schneider said, officials are looking at leave without pay for employees who refuse to get vaccinated.
The city will accommodate those who cannot get vaccinated because of medical or health issues, she said, and ensure they have a safe workplace for themselves and anyone who works with them.
“As one of the largest employers in the territory, the city has an obligation to protect its workforce, as well as the public that uses our facilities on a daily basis,” Mayor Laura Cabott said in Friday’s release.
“The safety of our residents is a top priority as we continue to offer a high level of service during this pandemic.”
The release said the decision to require vaccinations is supported by the desire to fulfill obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of the Yukon, which requires the city to take all reasonable steps to ensure its workplace is safe.
Schneider says there has not been a lot of resistance to the city’s vaccine order; in fact, there has generally been a positive response.
Currently, she said, about 25 per cent of city employees have filled out the on-line document.
Steve Geick, the president of the Yukon Employees’ Union, which represents the vast majority of city employees, said today the union fully supports vaccinations.
But at the same time, it wants to ensure there are no negative repercussions for employees who refuse the vaccination, he said.
Geick said there are a lot of questions from union members at this point. Just like everywhere else, there are those who support vaccinations and those who oppose them, he said.
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