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Thursday, October 6, 2022
Suspended workers can return, as town ends mandatory vaccination policy
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Three Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake workers who were suspended in December for refusing to be vaccinated or not disclosing their vaccination status will be allowed to return to work on Monday, April 4.

That's when the town will be withdrawing its mandatory vaccination policy, in accordance with the latest provincial measures.

“Suspending the vaccination policy is in alignment with public health indicators and with provincial regulations regarding vaccination requirements,” town spokesperson Marah Minor said in an email.

In December, three unidentified town staffers were placed on leave over their COVID vaccination status.

Minor said the suspended employees are welcome to return and two of them have already confirmed they will be back on the job April 4. The third worker resigned earlier this year, she said.

The Lake Report did not receive a response to a question about whether any of the returning staff have public-facing jobs.

Minor said the town's vaccination policy is determined by public health indicators and could change.

“Should the COVID-19 situation worsen, and public health recommends reinstating vaccine requirements, the town can review and reinstate the policy if necessary,” she said.