News Release: Health Unit Institutes Employee Vaccination Policy
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Friday, August 27, 2021 | 3 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County
Joining other local leaders like the University, College, City of Windsor, and County of Essex, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has implemented a vaccination policy for its staff to ensure workforce availability and protect clients amidst the pandemic’s fourth wave.
“This was an easy decision,” said Health Unit Chief Executive Officer Nicole Dupuis, “our team continues to lead the fight against COVID-19 in our community and their personal safety as well as that of our clients, remains our top priority.” Dupuis continued citing the potential damage that a diminished workforce would have on the critical functions of public health during a pandemic.
The health unit is encouraging all employers to consider following suit to protect their workforce and ensure the continuity of operations in the event of a positive case within their teams. For those looking to learn more about workplace policies the health unit website contains answers to frequently asked questions at https://wechu.org/cv/workplaces.
The WECHU went further to recommend that for those businesses serving the public they consider patron/customer vaccination verification as part of their vaccination policy. Dr. Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health noted, “We need to improve the protection of our community and continue to curb the spread of COVID-19. We want to avoid further restrictions or closures. As more and more workplaces and businesses are adopting a vaccine policy, a vaccination verification strategy for businesses that serve the public is needed. A global solution implemented across the province would support all regions and businesses’ to implement this seamlessly however if needed a local strategy may need to move forward.”
As always, individuals born in 2009 or earlier looking to receive a first or second dose COVID-19 vaccine, to do so at the Devonshire Mall (former Sears store) mass vaccination site which is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walk-ins or appointments are available at that site. In addition, select participating pharmacies and healthcare providers are also offering COVID-19 vaccines in Windsor and Essex County and must be contacted directly to schedule an appointment.
For comprehensive information about COVID-19 vaccines including facts, myths, FAQs, vaccination statistics, and more, please visit wechu.org.