City of Waterloo implementing mandatory vaccination policy

Posted On Tuesday September 14, 2021

The City of Waterloo is implementing a mandatory vaccination policy for staff and volunteers, effective September 27, 2021.

“This pandemic has been difficult, and we have all faced many challenges. Every day it seems new measures are needed to address the serious health implications associated with COVID-19. The mandatory vaccination policy is designed to protect the health of our employees and visitors to our city locations,” said Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “Our approach is consistent with what our neighbouring municipalities are doing, and our goal is to prevent potential illness in the workplace.” 

Under the new policy approved by Waterloo City Council, the city is implementing a mandatory vaccination policy that requires staff, elected officials, contractors and volunteers to disclose their vaccination status by September 27, 2021. Staff who are not vaccinated, or choose not to disclose their vaccination status, will be required to undergo education on the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination, as well as participate in a rapid antigen testing program. 

As directed by the Province of Ontario, beginning Wednesday September 22, 2021, the Provincial Vaccination Certificate Program commences  which will require Ontarians to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days after second dose) and show their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings, including City of Waterloo Recreation Facilities.   All customers/patrons who are accessing City of Waterloo indoor municipal recreation programs, services or facilities in-person will be required to provide proof of vaccination along with photo ID with the exception of individuals with a medical exemption and/or those under 12 years old. A doctor’s note will be required should a medical exemption be requested.

Residents should continue to “check before you rec” by health screening through sports organizations or the City of Waterloo, and reviewing COVID-19 procedures at our recreation facilities. As provincial regulations are released, the city will provide further updates on vaccine certificate verification for participants.

 

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Tony Iavarone
Director, Corporate Communications
tony.iavarone@waterloo.ca