The Hamilton City Employees Vaccination Ordinance is still in effect after an equal vote on Council Pi News

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Despite staff reporting that the move should be repealed in accordance with Hamilton County orders, the COVID-19 vaccination order for city employees is currently in effect.

On Wednesday, city council members voted 6-6 on whether to lift the decree. If the stalemate is a vote the motion is defeated. 4 councilors did not attend the meeting.

That means workers who do not show proof that they received two doses of the vaccine by May 31 will lose their jobs.

The report, which recommends revoking the order, said 64 city employees were on unpaid leave for failing to disclose their vaccine status and 441 were continuing to undergo rapid antigen testing.

“In my view, we must all do the right thing and participate in the solution,” Mayor Fred Eisenberger said before the vote.

“As our health medical officer, Dr. [Elizabeth] Richardson has said many, many, many, many times, vaccination is the solution to this problem. Therefore, I stand by it, I will continue to support those who are vaccinated, and I do not support the abolition of the compulsory vaccination policy as it stands today.

Eisenberger, along with councilors Maureen Wilson, Nrinder I, John-Paul Tanko, Judy Partridge and Russ Powers, voted to retain the mandate.

Councilors Esther Pauls, Maria Pearson, Tom Jackson, Sam Merulla, Jason Forr and Lloyd Ferguson voted to remove it.

The decision to uphold the policy is also coming The province varies from mandatory vaccination to specific locationsAccording to the city’s human resources department, securing an order is a legal challenge for the city.

According to Laura Fontana, head of human resources, about 94 percent of the city’s staff, or 7,149, are considered fully vaccinated.

“Current circumstances call for suspension, especially of legal implications,” Fontana told council.

“But we do not intend to deliberately suspend or cancel the policy in order to suspend it, and we will continue to monitor the situation regarding Govt.”

Details of how councilors voted on Wednesday. 4 councilors did not attend the meeting. (CBC)

Fontana says the current legal situation is the result of the recent removal of orders by the province.

On March 14, Ontario dropped the need for compulsory vaccination and testing policies in schools, long-term care homes and hospitals.

The move comes after Ontario’s top doctor announced that it would remove all remaining mask requirements and emergency orders to prevent the spread of the corona virus novel.

“With the province’s latest considerations, it is difficult to continue to implement our policy, especially with regard to enforcing vaccinations,” Fontana said.

“Therefore, if we continue with the policy, we are not confident that we will be supported by the courts and the arbitration process, especially in connection with the resulting strike.”

John-Paul Tanko, Ward 8 Council., ‘I am right in placing indefinitely permanent unpaid leave on employees who choose not to be vaccinated.’ (CBC)

Ward 8 councilor Tanko said some people who choose not to be vaccinated do so not for health reasons, but because they do not want to be vaccinated.

“As we speak, there is now a family member upstairs who is suffering from Govt disease [so] My tolerance for this anti-Vaux story is low all the time, “he said.

“I’m right to put employees who choose not to be vaccinated on permanent unpaid leave indefinitely.”

But the number. Pauls believes keeping the decree in place would “divide the city.”

“I follow the province, we are a creature of the province, they say it is time to repeal the decree,” Pauls said.

“So we’ll follow the staff’s recommendation … it’s the individual’s choice and very few people in Hamilton decide. We’ll keep their job. Let them have a roof over their head.”

After the vote, Ward 6 counts. Jackson asked if the decision could be reconsidered, including the four councilors who were not there when it happened.

City Secretary Andrea Hollande told the council that only those who voted against the repeal of the decree could present a reconsideration vote.