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Council and committee COVID-19 vaccination policy up for debate

The COVID-19 vaccination policy for Chatham-Kent Council and committees of Council will be debated at the upcoming regular meeting on Monday, December 5, 2022.

Conor Allin, Facebook

Chatham Councillor Connor Allin entered a notice of motion about the issue at the November 21, 2022 Council meeting.

“The previous Council of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent approved a vaccination policy for Council and committee members on October 4, 2021,” Allin said in his notice of motion.

“The vaccination verification and testing policy for staff and contractors is currently suspended until further notice with the exception of the requirement for new hires of the Municipality to provide proof of vaccination… subject to exemptions due to protected grounds under the Human Rights Code…. which is still in force as a condition of their employment.”

Councillor Allin’s motion, if approved, would “suspend in full” the vaccination verification and testing policy for Council and committee members.

“Therefore not requiring new Councillors or committee members to be vaccinated or test as a condition of participating in municipal business on municipal premises,” Allin added.

At the November 21, 2022 meeting, Allin had requested the waiving of the notice period for his motion.

However, the vote, which required two thirds majority to pass, failed by a vote of 11-7.

The full agenda can be seen, here.

The Monday, December 5, 2022 Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Civic Centre in Chatham.

It can be LIVE streamed, here.

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