Toronto City employees face unpaid fines for skipping flu shots

Image copyright Canadian Press Image caption The provincial health agency said some employees were incurring tens of thousands of dollars in fines for non-compliance Almost 250 city of Toronto employees have been suspended without…

Toronto City employees face unpaid fines for skipping flu shots

Image copyright Canadian Press Image caption The provincial health agency said some employees were incurring tens of thousands of dollars in fines for non-compliance

Almost 250 city of Toronto employees have been suspended without pay after failing to show proof they had received the COVID-19 influenza vaccination.

The vaccines are administered in school-based vaccination clinics, which also offered secondary school students who failed to attend.

Some 267 children who received the vaccination were exempted because of religious, social or other reasons.

The health board said about 250 non-exempted city employees received fines.

An unknown number of staff had failed to show the schools’ vaccination coordinators proof of receiving their COVID-19 as well, the Toronto Board of Health said in a statement.

“We are appalled at this unacceptable practice,” the statement said.

“Employees who fail to get their students vaccinated in a timely manner can have their work schedules disrupted and lose valuable pay.”

The Ontario College of Nurses, which regulates the medical profession, wrote to city employees in November asking for a detailed explanation of the non-compliance, the CBC reported.

The immunization scheme was developed by the provincial government and offered by the Toronto district school board in 2010.

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