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Introducing the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Colleagues,

The Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is now available on the Intranet. Thanks to everyone involved in moving this critical policy forward – your input and efforts are greatly appreciated.

Under this policy, municipal employees, students, work placements and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In Nova Scotia, you're considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you have any of the following COVID-19 vaccines:

  • 2 doses of AstraZeneca or COVISHIELD
  • 2 doses of Moderna
  • 2 doses of Pfizer
  • 2 doses of a combination of COVID-19 vaccines (AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD, Moderna and Pfizer)
  • 1 dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • complete series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization

To ensure full vaccination by December 15, it is important you are aware of the following key dates and deadlines:

  • First vaccination must be received by November 3
  • Requests for accommodation provided to manager/supervisor by November 10 to allow adequate time for review and processing.
  • Second vaccination must be received by December 1
  • Verify your vaccination information with the municipality by December 3
  • All municipal employees must be vaccinated by December 15

As noted above, I’d like to emphasize that employees have until December 3 to show their proof of vaccination in order to allow for operational planning. Over the coming weeks, proof of vaccination verification will be conducted at municipal worksites. Human Resources will be working with business units to coordinate these efforts and more details will be provided soon.

I encourage you to visit the intranet to access further resources regarding key dates, accommodations and how to book your vaccination.

Implementing a proof of vaccination policy puts the focus on COVID-19 prevention and helps safeguard our employees and the communities we serve.

Getting vaccinated can protect people from contracting COVID-19. It also protects people from getting very sick from the virus. For more information, review this Government of Canada Factsheet for Canadians about the effectiveness, safety and why you should get vaccinated.

To learn how to get your vaccination visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

If you have any questions, please speak with your supervisor/manager.

Thank you again for your commitment to health and safety.

Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

Jacques

To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert

Human Resources: MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145

Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068

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