The city of Calgary has announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for its employees.
Calgary City Manager David Duckworth announcing the policy said, “As the second largest employer in Calgary, The City has a duty to ensure that our workplaces are safe for both employees and citizens accessing City services, while also modeling for Calgarians the role every individual plays in ensuring the safety of others.”
Alberta is experiencing a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases fuelled largely by Delta variant among the unvaccinated population. Today, the provincial government announced a $100 gift card incentive for all Albertans age 18 or older who receive a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine between Sept. 3 and Oct. 14.
As per the news release, all City employees will be required to disclose and provide proof of their vaccination status or grounds for exemption by September 13th.
All unvaccinated staff without an exemption will have to have their first dose by September 13th.
By October 18th, all city employees must have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination and the city will consider all employees without a valid exemption will be considered fully immunized starting October 31st.
The city says any City employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for other protected grounds under the Alberta Human Rights Act, will be reasonably accommodated.
All those employees under vaccine exemption must undergo mandatory COVID-19 rapid testing and must receive a negative result before they are permitted to fulfill their duties in City workspaces.
According to the news release, failure to comply with the policy may result in discipline up to and including dismissal.
Calgary has not yet announced the operational details of this policy as the vaccination disclosure process and exemption considerations are being finalized.