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Columbia-Shuswap regional district developing vaccination policy for staff, directors

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Columbia-Shuswap Regional District staff are bringing a policy to the board next month to implement a vaccination policy for employees and elected officials.

The board of directors asked staff to develop the policy so it can be reviewed at the Nov. 18 board meeting, according to a regional district press release.

“The CSRD has already strongly encouraged staff to be vaccinated, not only to protect their personal health, but to ensure the safety and well-being of their colleagues and members of the public," chief administrative officer Charles Hamilton said in the release. "Implementing a vaccination policy provides an added layer of protection for our communities."

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The regional district will be following similar policies already in place for B.C. public sector employees and WorkSafeBC, for example.

Meanwhile, the Thompson Nicola Regional District is also exploring a similar policy, which the board initiated after staff had already been exploring the policy for the regional district's own employees.

“Health officials and scientists in Canada, and around the world, agree the best way to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our communities is to be fully vaccinated. This proposed policy will help to protect everyone in our workplaces,” Hamilton said.

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A timeline has not yet been determined for regional district employees to provide proof of vaccination, and it's expected to be included in the policy once it is up for review.

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