Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & Districts, is strongly recommending that employers put vaccination policies in place to protect their employees and the public from COVID-19.

To support workplaces in adopting this recommendation, Public Health is distributing its Workplace Vaccine Policy Toolkit to all area employers and persons responsible for businesses to strengthen their COVID-19 workplace protection. The toolkit includes, for example, a policy template and educational materials such as videos, posters, and fact sheets.

Public Health has developed a policy template to help guide workplaces as they craft their own COVID-19 vaccination policies. Each organization is encouraged to evaluate risks associated with COVID-19 in their workplaces as they develop their own vaccination policy.

Policies must be developed in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act and any other applicable legislation. Information about a person’s vaccine status is personal health information and must be collected in compliance with privacy legislation including the Personal Health Information Protection Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Employers, as well as community organizations, community leaders, faith leaders, or event coordinators, can contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts to discuss the possibility of having COVID-19 vaccinations offered on site. Access the Workplace Vaccine Policy Toolkit here. Access the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Template here. Read the letter for employers from the Medical Officer of Health here. Read more about this announcement here.

For more information or if you have questions, please visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).