N.L. wasn’t considering mandatory public sector vaccines 2 months ago, emails show – CBC

Premier Andrew Furey announced vaccine mandate for Sept. 29

Oct 06, 2021

With mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for public sector workers imminent in Newfoundland and Labrador, government documents show the idea wasn’t even being considered two months ago.

Government emails, acquired by CBC News under an access-to-information request, suggest requiring shots for people working in everything from health care to schools to the justice system and more wasn’t on the table as of Aug. 6.

“We have not faced any challenges with folks getting their vaccine and have had no need to consider accommodations measure [sic] for unvaccinated employees,” Brian Miller, the senior advisor for labour relations with the province’s Treasury Board Secretariat, wrote that day to a New Brunswick civil servant.

The New Brunswick government had consulted all Canadian provinces to find out what groups of public sector employees were subject to a vaccine mandate, and whether possible future mandates were being considered.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/atipp-public-sector-mandatory-vaccines-newfoundland-labrador-1.6199900

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