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Coping with COVID-19

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Vaccine policy introduced for all City of Edmonton employees​

September 20, 2021


The City of Edmonton is implementing a policy that requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus by November 15, 2021.

“The health and safety of employees and Edmontonians is our top priority. We believe this is the right decision for our workforce, the right decision for protecting our community and the right decision for the health care system,” stated City Manager Andre Corbould.

The City of Edmonton recently introduced a vaccination disclosure policy to better understand how many employees had been vaccinated. The results of the disclosure as of the morning of September 13 were:​
  • 86 per cent of employees responded
  • 72 per cent of employees indicated that they were fully vaccinated


“Information provided by our staff tells us that we need the additional control measure of vaccinations in our workplaces to minimize the serious hazard of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible,” said Corbould. “We believe the vaccination policy, along with all of our other controls will provide a level of comfort and certainty.”

Physical distancing, capacity limits, pre-shift screening and indoor mask use are also essential in the response to COVID-19 and will continue in our workplaces.

Employees will need to have one dose by September 30 and two doses by October 31. This ensures that employees are fully vaccinated by November 15. Employees who are not fully vaccinated by November 15, 2021 will need to comply with ongoing COVID-19 rapid antigen testing up to twice per week at the employee’s own cost. If they do not register for testing they will be placed on a leave without pay.

The City will accommodate those employees who require an exemption from this policy on the basis of a protected legal ground, such as for medical or religious reasons.​

For more information:
Employee Vaccination Policy

Media contact:
Lori Yanish
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Communications and Engagement
780-554-3763​
 

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Does Jason Kenney have no shame at all?

How dare he embarrass all Albertans – indeed all Canadians – indigenous and non-indigenous alike by using an orange T-shirt and Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a deflection from his [non]performance in keeping our health care system from collapsing completely?

Starting his COVID update by declaring September 30 as an opportunity for Albertans to pause and remember the tragedy at the of the day meant to do exactly that instead of in time for it to be used as that? “Lest we forget” indeed Jason Kenney.
 

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92 per cent of City staff now vaccinated​

October 28, 2021


As of October 31, all City of Edmonton employees are required to have received their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as per the City’s vaccination policy, and in keeping with the City’s strong commitment to health and safety.

“From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s top priority has and continues to be the safety of our employees and Edmontonians. As one of Alberta’s largest employers and as a municipal government, we have a responsibility to model the behaviour we are asking of our community,” said Cyndil Taylor, Branch Manager, Workforce Safety and Employee Health. “We are pleased to report that 92 per cent of City staff are now at least partially or fully vaccinated, and the number is rising. We will continue to support employees in complying with our vaccination policy.”

Employees who have not provided proof they are fully vaccinated must comply with rapid testing effective November 1.

As of October 27, across the organization, 88 per cent of City staff are fully vaccinated and four per cent are partially vaccinated, which is about 92 per cent of the workforce.

The City is taking the steps necessary to keep Edmontonians safe and the services they rely on running as smoothly and safely as possible during the implementation of this policy. Most services across the City are not seeing changes to service levels, including Fire Rescue Services. As of November 1, bus service frequency will be reduced on some routes temporarily and work is underway to prepare transit riders for these temporary adjustments. More than 97 per cent of bus service will be unaffected and no changes will be made to LRT, paratransit, regional or on-demand service.

“We are grateful for the support we continue to receive from transit riders and your ongoing role in keeping yourselves and others safe while in the transit system. We want to assure you these changes are temporary and transit is safe and reliable, as it has been since before COVID-19 began, throughout the past year and a half, and as it will continue to be in the future,” said Carrie Hotton-MacDonald, Branch Manager, Edmonton Transit Service.

Starting November 1, transit riders are strongly encouraged to plan their trip ahead of time using trip planning tools. A full schedule of adjusted routes will be available atedmonton.ca/TransitAlerts.

The COVID-19 vaccination policy, in addition to other workplace control measures, such as physical distancing, capacity limits and the mask bylaw, are in place to do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 during this critical time in our efforts to end the pandemic.​

For more information:
edmonton.ca/covid

Media contact:
Kris Berezanski
Senior Communications Advisor
Communications and Engagement
780-720-0715​
 

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Well crap, my covid test came back positive. You all better hold your breath when reading my comments!
Oh No! Hope you get better buddy!!
 

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^^^^

we always hold our breath when reading your comments. :)

seriously though, i’m sure everyone here wishes you all the best with a speedy and easy recovery!

ps. thanks for sharing - it’s not an easy thing to do but it does personalize the pandemic and that in turn reinforces the need for all of us to take the right steps in getting over it.
 

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Effective immediately, indoor social gatherings:
Remain limited to 10 people (no limit on children under 18)
Are no longer limited to two households
Are permitted for both vaccinated and unvaccinated Albertans
 

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yes!!!

best christmas ever!!!

according to the premier, "we have to use every possible tool at our disposal to limit spread of the virus".

except, of course, some of the measures we were forced to implement to claw back our health system form the best summer ever's fourth wave.

because we don't really need to be quite as vigilant socializing with unvaccinated albertans in the face of an alarmingly more transmissible variant do we?
 

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