The City of Winnipeg has established a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for front-line employees who work with vulnerable residents, including children under 12.
The city says the new mandate will extend to staff working in public safety, community protection, recreation services, public transportation, and public-facing customer service roles.
“The health and safety of our residents and our employees has always been foremost in our minds as we continue to adapt to the changing COVID-19 landscape,” said Michael Jack, chief administrative officer for the City of Winnipeg.
“We will continue to require masks, practice social distancing, and follow our other COVID-19 safety protocols inside city-operated facilities. Requiring our front-line employees to get their COVID-19 vaccination adds one more layer of protection for everyone, especially those who are still unable to get vaccinated.”
City staff who have yet to be vaccinated will have until September 30 to receive their first dose, with their second dose being administered no later than October 28. All eligible staff will have to be fully immunized by November 15, 2021.
The city is also working with the province to set up mobile vaccine clinics for employees who are not yet vaccinated to reduce barriers that may exist for those who have been unable to get vaccinated to date.