Unlike Durham Region, Brock Township has not implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for its staff.
The Region announced last week that all of its staff – including students and volunteers — will be required to disclose their vaccination status by Oct. 20.
“We have an important role to play in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, especially as variants of concern continue to spread. We need to make sure staff are working in an environment that safeguards their health and safety,” reads the statement from Durham Region CAO Elaine Baxter-Trahair.
“Under Ontario law, Durham Region must protect its workers. Community members who access our programs and services must also feel comfortable that they are doing so in a safe environment. We have seen how mass vaccinations help to reduce transmission. This new policy is one of the most effective ways to help keep people safe, as we work towards resuming full-service operations.”
According to Brock Township Mayor John Grant, such measures will not be required for municipal staff.
“For the time being, mandatory staff vaccination is not to be implemented at this time. Safety in the workplace is paramount. Options to assure staff safety is still being considered,” he said.
“I don’t believe that mandating vaccines will effectively increase the rate of vaccination,” added Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble.
While not mandatory, Mayor Grant noted that the Township staff are being encouraged to get vaccinated.
“(As) far as I am aware, almost all staff is vaccinated,” he said.