City of Winnipeg to require COVID-19 vaccination for staff who work regularly with public

The City of Winnipeg will require all staff who have ongoing direct contact with the public to be fully vaccinated.

The vaccine requirement will apply to those working in public safety, community protection, recreation services, public transportation and public-facing customer service roles, a Tuesday news release from the city says. 

Staff who work in these positions are expected to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15, the news release says.

The city says they must have their first shot by Sept. 30 and their second dose by Oct. 28.

The municipality will begin asking for vaccine status from affected employees starting next week.

The city will look into options for staff who are not vaccinated, including frequent COVID-19 testing or reassignment to a role that does not involve contact with the public, Michael Jack, the city’s chief administrative officer, said at a news conference Tuesday. 

All employees were notified about the requirement Tuesday, Jack said. 

The city has been looking into a vaccination requirement for its staff since vaccines became available in Manitoba, and consulted with unions and the province in the process, he said.

“Implementing this vaccine requirement was not a decision we took lightly.”

Jack said the city doesn’t know how many of its nearly 10,000 employees are not yet vaccinated. 

The provincial government issued its own vaccine mandate for many public-facing employees last month, including teachers, health-care workers and child-care workers. 

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