The City of Victoria end employee medical segregation while Bonnie Henry does a triple down.
The City of Victoria announced this week that it was dropping its vaccination requirement for municipal employees on April 8 – when B.C. is slated to relax its vaccine passports – and would be inviting back the 25 employees put on unpaid leave in January for not complying. Other municipalities are also reportedly considering the move.
The City of Victoria told Black Press Media it plans to remove its mandate in line with the provincial change. Head of engagement Bill Eisenhauer said the 16 city employees currently being punished with unpaid leave for not obeying the the cities command to get so-called “fully vaccinated” will be eligible to return to work.
The City of Victoria then made it sound like the employees on leave chose to be on unpaid leave and unable to pay living costs “but it will be up to them whether they wish to return.” said the City of Victoria.
A spokesperson for the District of Oak Bay said its decision will be based on the state of the pandemic come April 8.
Colwood’s communications manager said they plan to review their policy at their upcoming occupational health and safety meeting, while a Langford spokesperson said they’re monitoring the situation but aren’t making any changes at this time.
Sooke doesn’t have a vaccine policy in place and the remaining municipalities haven’t responded as of publication time.
The Capital Regional District also plans to remove its vaccine mandate for staff come April 8. Communications manager Andy Orr said he couldn’t comment on whether any staff had left as a result of the CRD’s mandate, but noted the regional district gave them the option of regular testing if they weren’t vaccinated.