STUDENT COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

CSW TRAINING SOCIETY COVID-19 STUDENT VACCINATION POLICY

The safety and health of our workforce and our members remains a paramount concern. In accordance with the recommendations of the LiUNA Local 1611 and local public health officials, Training  PLUS has adopted this COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

PURPOSE
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt lives around the world. As of Sept.12, 2021, there have been more than 177,000 confirmed cases in BC. Globally, more than 4.44 million people have died from the virus. The Delta Variant, which is the predominant form of COVID-19 currently circulating, is more contagious, and has greater risk for severe illness and hospitalization.

Office staff, Instructors, and our students interact with members of the public as a part of their duties and are at risk of infection. Due to this, we feel that vaccination is an important measure to protect them. Similarly, ensuring that everyone who enters the building is vaccinated, helps to protect the vulnerable retirees, members, and staff who may not be able to be vaccinated.

As an employer, we have a legal obligation to take all necessary precautions to protect our employees. We have been vigilant in protecting our staff by adopting masking and physical distancing policies, enhancing office cleaning, and restricting building access. This policy is adopted in support of the Provincial Government’s announcement that effective Sept.13, 2021, many businesses will require proof of vaccination before permitting access to their premises.

MANDATORY POLICY
Everyone on the Local 1611/Training PLUS premises is required to be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 (as defined below).

The policy shall be implemented as follows:

September 20, 2021
Everyone is required to disclose and provide proof that they are either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a first dose of a two-dose vaccine by September 20, 2021. Anyone entering the Training PLUS premises shall provide proof of vaccination to a member of the Training PLUS staff prior to entering the building. Anyone who fails to provide proof shall be considered to be unvaccinated for the purposes of this policy.

Providing proof of vaccine involves showing the BC Vaccine Card equipped with their name, vaccination check mark status, and the QR code. The approved BC Vaccine Card print out is also acceptable. The government issued COVID-19 Immunization Record that one would have received at their vaccination site is not an approved proof of vaccine.

November 1, 2021
Beginning November 1, 2021 no one may enter the premises unless they have proven that at least 7 days have elapsed since they have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

HUMAN RIGHTS CODE ACCOMMODATIONS
The British Columbia Human Rights Code provides few limited grounds for exemptions from a mandatory vaccination policy. If you claim such exemption, then you must provide written proof satisfactory to LiUNA Local 1611 Training PLUS of such entitlement at least 48 hours prior to wanting to enter the premises for training or otherwise. Such documentation shall be submitted to Tom Miller, Training Plan Administrator by e-mail at tmiller@liuna1611.ca and will be reviewed by Tom Miller and Nav Malhotra, Local 1611 Business Manager.

If you claim a medical exemption, you must provide a letter from your medical doctor which confirms that they are your regular family doctor or a consulting specialist. The letter must set out that you have a clinically confirmed reason for not being fully vaccinated consistent with the exemptions set out by the BC Public Health Officer.

If you claim an exemption on the basis of creed (religion), you must provide a letter from a senior religious/faith leader in your community (Priest, Rabbi, Iman etc.) which confirms that (i) you are a member of the religious/faith community, (ii) that the religion or faith has a principle or belief that prohibits vaccination, and (iii) that they have discussed this matter with you and that they accept that you have a sincerely held belief that your creed or religion prohibits you from being vaccinated.

The above accommodations also apply if someone applies for exemption for mask-wearing on the basis medical or religious needs. If a mask-wearing exemption is granted, the applicable person must wear a face shield when required to do so.

LiUNA Training PLUS reserves its rights to request further or other documentation to establish entitlement to an accommodation under the Code and to determine accommodation is required.

CONSEQUENCES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THIS POLICY
Anyone who breaches this policy, including submitting a false or fraudulent vaccine record or fraudulent exemption claim will be suspended from training.

ONGOING HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
All students, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to conduct the daily COVID-19 questionnaire when attending the Training PLUS premises. All students, regardless of vaccination status, must also comply with the LiUNA Training PLUS Mask Policy, and continue to respect physical distancing requirements.

OFFSITE TRAINING
Students attending training facilitated by LiUNA Training PLUS at an alternate facility (hotel, community hall, etc.) must abide by the COVID-19 protocols set by that facility.

POLICY REVISIONS
As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change and evolve, LiUNA Training PLUS retains the right to make any additions or revisions to this Policy as it may deem necessary or appropriate from time to time. Any such changes to the Policy will be communicated to employees in writing.

VACCINE SAFETY
Public Health has confirmed that COVID-19 vaccines have been thoroughly tested and are safe and effective at preventing severe COVID-19 symptoms. We encourage everyone who isn’t vaccinated and is eligible to be vaccinated, not to wait. Please do the right thing now and get vaccinated. It will better protect you, your co-workers, our staff, and your loved ones.

You should rely upon information about vaccine safety from trusted and reliable sources. These include:

  1. Immunize BC
  2. The BC Centre for Disease Control.

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