Effective December 20, all City of Prince George staff and contractors will be required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Staff were notified today of this new requirement.
This action is in alignment with the provincial mandate that all B.C. public sector employees must be vaccinated, and the Provincial Health Officer’s recommendation that all large employers put similar policies in place. With low vaccination rates in the Northern Health region and overstretched hospitals it is incumbent on employers to encourage employees to get vaccinated to limit the spread and protect our most vulnerable citizens.
“The city’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has always been with an abundance of caution and with the protection of staff and citizens the top priority,” said Walter Babicz, city manager. “This new administrative requirement ensures we are continuing to do the best we can to keep our staff and citizens safe.”
On behalf of Council, Mayor Lyn Hall stated: “Getting vaccinated is the most important step we can take to protect our families, our coworkers and our community and to alleviate the incredible burden our healthcare system is under. I am pleased to say that every member of Council has already taken steps to protect our community by becoming fully vaccinated.”
Safety measures currently in implemented by the city include:
- mandatory masks in all public areas and shared staff spaces
- work from home procedures
- employee health checks
- signage at civic facilities
- regular safety reminders in-person and by email
In accordance with provincial regulations, public areas of City Hall, including council chambers, remain open to the public with a mask requirement, regardless of vaccination status.
The city will accommodate employees who are unable to become vaccinated for a reason related to a prohibited ground of discrimination under the BC Human Rights Code.