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Town of Ladysmith requiring staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19

No start-date announced for policy
1st Avenue in Ladysmith. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

The Town of Ladysmith will be requiring staff to show proof they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or to take a rapid test before coming to work.

No date has been announced for when this system will come into effect for the town’s 129 employees.

It appears that it will not be immediate. A Jan. 12 notice posted on the town’s website states: “The town policy to be implemented in the coming months will also apply to contractors as well as town volunteers, such as members of the public serving on committees of council that meet in person.”

Ladysmith has given staff educational information and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic on the merits of vaccination, the notice said. It has also brought in additional health and safety measures to protect staff on the job.

Staff without proof of vaccination will be asked to complete regular rapid testing before arriving at work.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is making tests available to local governments because staff carry out essential services, the town said.

Ladysmith is the latest B.C. municipality to announce that staff must be vaccinated or tested prior to coming to work. Others who brought in vaccination requirements include Nanaimo and Victoria.