Additional guidance about vaccines can be found in the CCOHS COVID-19 tip sheet COVID-19 Vaccines.
Employers need to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect the health and safety of their workers. Follow guidance from your local public health authority and jurisdictional health and safety regulator on public health measures, including personal preventive practices such as mask wearing and physical distancing.
One important measure to help reduce COVID-19 transmission is vaccination. Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are offered on a voluntary basis to anyone in Canada who is 6 months and older.
Review current policies and determine whether to implement a COVID-19 vaccination policy for the workplace. Involve stakeholders including human resources, health and safety committee or health and safety representative, and the union (if applicable).
If considering making vaccinations mandatory, can it be shown that a COVID-19 vaccination is a bona fide occupational requirement? Seek legal advice and consider other issues (e.g., medical reasons for not getting vaccinated), if necessary.
Regardless of vaccination status, workers should continue to follow local public health measures while at work, if applicable.
Discuss the benefits of vaccination with your workers.
Note that this guidance is just some of the adjustments organizations can make during a pandemic. Adapt this list by adding your own good practices and policies to meet your organization’s specific needs.
For further information on respiratory infectious diseases, including COVID-19, refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Disclaimer: As public and occupational health and safety information may continue to change, local public health authorities should be consulted for specific, regional guidance. This information is not intended to replace medical advice or legislated health and safety obligations. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy, currency, and completeness of the information, CCOHS does not guarantee, warrant, represent or undertake that the information provided is correct, accurate or current. CCOHS is not liable for any loss, claim, or demand arising directly or indirectly from any use or reliance upon the information.