‘We’re attempting to meet the needs of both sides.’
The Town of Three Rivers in eastern Prince Edward Island has implemented a COVID-19 immunisation policy for anyone who work or volunteer for the town.
Starting Nov. 15, anyone working in municipal buildings, including staff and volunteers, must be fully vaccinated or undergo three weekly PCR tests, as well as wear a mask at all times.
Mayor Ed MacAulay told Island Morning anchor Laura Chapin, “It’s not something our council, or maybe any council or organisation, really expected they’d have to deal with.”
“But it’s something that’s happened, and we have to obey the public health office’s restrictions and rules, as well as the human rights guidelines. As a result, we’re attempting to meet the needs of both parties. People who prefer not to be vaccinated do have a option.”
According to MacAulay, almost everyone affected by the policy, or nearly 99 percent, has already been vaccinated. New employees will have to be completely immunised.
“I’m sure we’ll hear it if it’s too difficult for workers and so on,” he said. “We may need to make some changes.”
“It was more vital that we get something in place,” says the speaker.
Persons choose to wear masks during the pandemic for a variety of reasons, according to MacAulay, therefore requiring mask-wearing will not identify people who are not vaccinated.