Winnipeg mandates vaccines for frontline staff

September 14, 2021 1:21 p.m. | news

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The city of Winnipeg has established a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for frontline workers who work with vulnerable residents, including children under the age of 12.

The city says the new mandate will extend to employees who work in public safety, community protection, recreational services, public transportation and publicly accessible customer service functions.

“The health and safety of our residents and our employees has always been a priority for us as we continue to adapt to the changing COVID-19 landscape,” said Michael Jack, Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Winnipeg.

“We will continue to demand masks, practice social distancing, and follow our other COVID-19 safety protocols in city-run facilities. The commitment of our frontline workers to get their COVID-19 vaccination provides further protection for everyone, especially those who are still unable to get vaccinated. “

City workers who have yet to be vaccinated have until September 30th to receive their first dose and the second dose will be given by October 28th at the latest. All eligible employees must be fully vaccinated by November 15, 2021.

The city is also working with the province to set up mobile vaccination clinics for workers who have not yet been vaccinated to break down the barriers that may exist for those who have not yet been vaccinated.

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