RDN announces vaccination requirements for staff

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As of Jan. 10, the Regional District of Nanaimo will require all employees, including those on contract, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to show regular negative test results.

“The decision to require vaccines for all employees was not made lightly and only after much research and discussion with the management team, union representatives and service partners,” Douglas Holmes, RDN CAO said in a statement.

The announcement from the RDN did not indicate if the district would be covering the cost of testing. In a followup, Holmes said details would be “developed in the policy shortly.”

The policy does not apply to elected directors. No other policy or measure applies to directors, according to Delcy Wells, general manager of corporate services.

The City of Nanaimo also announced that its staff would be required to be vaccinated by Jan. 10. Those who do not provide proof of vaccination by then will have another few weeks ending Feb. 6 to provide proof of vaccination or undergo rapid testing paid for by the city. After that, the city will not cover the cost of testing.

As of this writing no decision had been made regarding vaccine requirements for Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools staff though “it won’t be long before an announcement is made,” NLPS communications director, Dale Burgos, said.

The Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department stated they have all but one person vaccinated and expect to be at 100 per cent vaccination by January. GVFD did not indicate if it requires staff and volunteers to be vaccinated.

Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder

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