City of Edmonton to make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all employees


The City of Edmonton is introducing a vaccine policy for all city employees.

It announced on Monday a plan to require all employees to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15.

“We believe this is the right decision for our workforce, the right decision for protecting our community and the right decision for the health care system,” Andre Corbould, the city manager, said.

Employees will need one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 30 and two doses by Oct. 30 to ensure full vaccination by Nov.15, a statement read.

According to the city, as of Sept. 13, 72 per cent of employees had reported they were fully immunized.

Anyone not fully immunized by the November deadline will have to comply with COVID-19 rapid testing up to twice per week at their own cost. If the employee does not register for testing they will be placed on leave without pay, the city said.

The city will accommodate employees who require an exemption on the basis of protected legal ground such as medical or religious reasons. 

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