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More than 500 City of Toronto employees have been placed on unpaid leave for failing to follow immunisation policies

Over 500 City of Toronto employees have been placed on unpaid leave for failing to comply with the city’s COVID-19 immunisation policy.

In a news release issued Friday, city authorities provided an update on employee immunisation status.

515 employees have been suspended as of Thursday, an increase of 136 since November 10.

While accommodation requests are being examined, 85 employees are on leave, a decrease of 16.

According to the statement, 97 per cent of the active workforce – 31,074 employees — reported being completely vaccinated, up 491 since November 10.

There are 587 staff employees who have been partially vaccinated, and 234 who have not received any doses.

134 employees elected not to reveal their vaccination status on the vaccine disclosure form, while 164 employees did not complete the form.

According to officials, 99.5 percent of employees have completed the vaccine disclosure form.

Managers and supervisors have been meeting with employees who haven’t received any doses or haven’t declared their condition since November 1, according to the statement.

“Following the discussion with the manager or supervisor, workers found to be in violation of the rules have been suspended for a maximum of six weeks,” according to the statement.

“Staff members who do not present proof of receiving both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine after the period of unpaid suspension, which begins Monday, December 13, will have their job terminated for cause, as they will have chosen not to comply with the vaccination policy.”

Meetings for people who have reported having one dose will begin the week of November 28, officials said, giving them at least four weeks to obtain a second shot.

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