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Employers play an important role in building vaccine confidence among employees in the workplace. Vaccination increases a person’s ability to fight infection if they are exposed to a specific virus – in this case, COVID-19. If you have employees that have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccine, giving employees the opportunity to share their concern about vaccines can help increase vaccine literacy, identify barriers to vaccination, and help employees know what to expect before and after getting their vaccine.

The WECHU COVID-19 FAQ webpage contains reliable information and additional resources that can be accessed to increase your knowledge as you respond to some common concerns.

Note: Employers need to continue to take steps to protect workers from COVID-19 no matter how many of their workers are vaccinated. Appropriate control measures should still be in place (e.g., screening for COVID-19 symptoms, wearing masks, maintaining social distance, good ventilation).

Consider promoting vaccination in your workplace to:

  • Reduce employee absences due to illness and ensure sustained workplace productivity
  • Keep the workforce healthy by preventing employees from getting COVID-19
  • Avoid workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 that may cause shutdowns
  • Boost workplace morale

Anyone 12 years of age and older is eligible to book their first dose and second dose appointments. For more information, visit WECHU’s COVID-19 Vaccine Booking and Eligibility page.

There are several different ways to access vaccine appointments in Windsor-Essex County:

For any individuals that may experience difficulty attending their COVID-19 vaccination appointment due to a lack of transportation, childcare services, or other accessibility concerns, there are a variety of local supports available. Visit our website to learn more.

  • Lead by Example – Get your own vaccine, speak with your employees about your experience, and encourage them to follow your lead. This could instill trust and help build confidence amongst your team. In addition, consult with your legal representation regarding how best to implement a vaccination policy at your workplace.
  • Communicate clearly – Create a plan to share credible information about COVID-19 vaccines. Use webinars, COVID-19 fact sheets, email newsletters, stickers, posters, etc.
  • Identify Workplace Vaccine Champions – Encourage influential workers and leaders at the workplace to be vaccine champions and ensure that they reflect the diversity of the workforce.
  • Offer time - Consider offering time off for your employees to get their vaccine. When possible, offer flexible sick leave options for employees experiencing side effects after vaccination.
  • Make it Easy:
    • Consider staggering employee shifts to account for time off taken to get vaccinated and avoid worker shortages.
    • Help your employees to book their appointment or to locate a clinic near them for a walk-up appointment and post information about nearby vaccination clinics in common areas.

E-mail vaccine@wechu.org to request a mobile vaccination clinic for a mobile team to administer first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on-site. WECHU will assist in the planning and promotion of the clinic, and help answer employee questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Even after employees have been vaccinated, employers are required to continue to screen employees daily for COVID-19 symptoms. If they have symptoms, they should get tested and isolate while awaiting results. Vaccination can prevent severe illness from COVID-19, but people can still spread the virus to others (especially those that have not yet been vaccinated).
  • All employees regardless of their vaccination status, would need to self-isolate and test immediately if they come into close contact with an individual tests positive and if they develop ANY symptom of COVID-19, including mild, non-specific symptoms. See our webpage Have COVID-19 or Been Exposed for more information.
  • Workplaces may implement policies and procedures for fully vaccinated or unvaccinated employees that are more restrictive than the aforementioned policies.
  • Please note that the WECHU case and contact management may provide different guidance to any individual based on their exposure history, context of interactions, and symptom onset.

Employers may be able to require proof of vaccination to ensure fitness to safely perform work or protect others, but must be clear why proof of vaccination is needed and ensure informed consent is received in order to receive this information.  Employees who choose not be vaccinated may be reassigned/ accommodated to other areas of work if deemed necessary to do so. For more information, visit this website on COVID-19 and the Human Rights Code.

  • Employees should continue to follow the most up to date COVID-19 public health measures and advice in the workplace and the community.
  • Daily COVID-19 screening should continue for all staff regardless of vaccine status.
    • Employees can return to work if they screen positive for the following symptoms within 48 hours after receiving their vaccine, if these symptoms are mild, only began after vaccination, and the employee feels well enough to work:
      • Headache, fatigue, muscle ache, joint pain
    • If employees have any of the following symptoms, they should self-isolate and get tested as soon as possible:
      • Fever and/or child
      • Any respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breach, rung or congested nose, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, loss of taste or smell)
      • Digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
      • Extreme tiredness
      • Falling down often
  • Fully vaccinated employees will may not need to self-isolate if they have been in contact with another employee that tests positive at your workplace.

Educational resources on COVID-19 vaccines have been created to provide credible information and education to employees wanting to be exempt from a vaccine policy.

Resources:

About COVID-19 Vaccines (FR) – Ontario Ministry of Health

Coronavirus disease: Awareness Resources (available in multiple languages) – Government of Canada

COVID-19 Information – Immunize Canada

COVID-19 vaccines and workplace health and safety – Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Vaccines explained  - World Health Organization

Multilingual documents on COVID-19 vaccination - Alliance des communautés culturelles pour l’égalité dans la santé et les services sociaux


Additional Videos:

COVID-19 Vaccination Education Video with Dr. Nathan Stall for AdvantAge Ontario


eLearning Modules:

COVID-19 Vaccination: Making an Informed Decision Learning Module (Lakeridge Health)

Sunnybrook COVID-19 e-learning module (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)

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Monday, September 13, 2021 - 9:58am