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COVID-19 UPDATE: Vaccination Policies, Workplace Screening, Paid Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) and New Proof of Vaccination Requirements

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Vaccination Policies, Workplace Screening, Paid Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) and New Proof of Vaccination Requirements

September 2, 2021

Vaccination Policies

O. Reg 364/20, Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step requires any business or organization open for business to operate “in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials…”. (emphasis added)

On August 25, 2021, the Medical Officer of Health for Peel issued a “strong recommendation” that every Peel business update its safety plan to address vaccination. The following day, August 26, 2021, the Medical Officer of Health for Halton issued a “recommendation” that every local business implement a COVID-19 vaccination policy; a similar “strong recommendation” was issued by the Medical Officer of Health for Hamilton on August 30, 2021.

On the basis of the language of O. Reg 364/20 and these recommendations, any business or organization open for business in Halton Region or the City of Hamilton must have a vaccination policy and any business or organization open for business in Peel must update its safety plan to address vaccination.

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