Just over a dozen city of Quesnel employees were asked to stay home on Monday, Jan. 7, because they are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
City manager Byron Johnson said 13 people now have four weeks to get vaccinated before losing their job permanently.
Quesnel announced it would be requiring employees to be vaccinated in late 2021.
“That’s not necessary the final number, it could go down from there based on if those folks end up going out and doing the right thing and getting the vaccine,” Johnson said.
Workers have until Feb. 7 to get vaccinated to return to work.
Johnson said the city usually employs around 180 people when combining all levels of staff.
He noted all city services and public areas at city hall are open to residents regardless of vaccination status, adding the policy does not apply to city councillors.
Volunteers and city contractors must also show proof of vaccination.
Johnson said he couldn’t comment on whether city councillors are vaccinated.
A similiar policy in Williams Lake comes into effect Jan. 14 and includes a requirement city councillors are vaccinated.
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