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Ontario mandates all 64,000 public service employees be vaccinated against COVID-19

Last Updated Aug 19, 2021 at 8:54 pm EDT

Exterior view of the Legislative Building on the grounds of Queen's Park. CITYNEWS/Craig Wadman

The Ford government says all 64,000 Ontario Public Service employees will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular testing.

Treasury Board President Prabmeet Sarkaria announced the policy on Thursday in a memo sent out to OPS employees, stating anyone not getting the vaccine will have to provide a medical reason or complete a COVID-19 vaccination educational session and undergo regular testing.

The policy will apply to all public servants working in ministries or Commission public bodies.

No timeline was mentioned for employees to be fully vaccinated.

The memo say approximately 31,000 employees have been working in-person and the new policy is part of the gradual return to work plan being implemented over the next two months for the remaining OPS workers who have been working remotely.

The rules mirror provincial policies announced earlier this week applying to workers in several high-risk settings including health and education.