Why aren’t COVID-19 vaccinations required for Ottawa police officers? – CTV

October 26, 2021

OTTAWA — Ottawa’s police chief says the force’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, which does not require members be vaccinated, is safe for officers and the public.

Unlike federal government and city workers, who could lose their jobs if they aren’t vaccinated, police officers can continue working without getting their shots.

Instead, unvaccinated officers will be required to undergo rapid testing every three days

Chief Peter Sloly says the policy was developed in full consultation with Ottawa Public Health.

“It’s in compliance with the municipal standards and provincial standards,” he told reporters on Monday. “We are going to do our very best to keep our members healthy and safe so they keep the city health and safe.”

Ottawa Public Health says in general, it doesn’t provide recommendations to employers regarding mandatory vaccine policies for staff.

“It is the decision of individual organization and businesses to implement a workplace vaccine policy,” OPH said in a statement. “With respect to the Ottawa Police Service, OPH provided information on and the rationale for OPH’s and the city’s mandatory vaccine policies.”

Read more: https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/why-aren-t-covid-19-vaccinations-required-for-ottawa-police-officers-1.5638558

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