Beginning Oct. 23 all employees of the County of Wellington must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be required to undergo regular rapid testing.
The county announced the new vaccine policy Thursday. "Legitimate exemptions" in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code will be accommodated, it said in a media release.
Employees may be required to pay for each rapid antigen test, it said.
“Public Health data shows that the Delta variant poses a significant risk to those who are unvaccinated, including children under the age of 12,” Warden Kelly Linton said in the release. “With the rising cases of COVID-19 in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and across the province, the County has decided that we must do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the public we proudly serve.”
Starting Sept. 22, all County of Wellington employees must disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status.