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COVID-19 Vaccination Workplace Policy Resources and Proof of Vaccination

Read Dr. Hirji's COVID-19 recommendations for businesses / workplaces in Niagara.

The Delta variant is driving a fourth wave in Niagara. Evolving evidence around the Delta variant shows that it's more transmissible and has a higher likelihood of causing severe illness and outcomes in those infected. Since September, there have been several workplace outbreaks in Niagara, requiring many employees to isolate as high-risk contacts. A common denominator of workplace outbreaks has been low vaccination uptake by employees.

A COVID-19 vaccination policy can help keep your employees and customers / clients safe and your business open, along with workplace health and safety measures. Niagara Region Public Health recommends that local businesses create vaccination policies for their employees. This information is for:

  • Any workplace or organization that wants to voluntarily create a COVID-19 vaccination policy
  • Businesses that require Ontarians to provide proof of vaccination
  • Organizations mandated by a provincial directive that are looking for additional resources to strengthen their existing policy

Your workplace COVID-19 vaccination policy

Learn about establishing a vaccination policy for your workplace. Key components of a workplace vaccination policy include:

  • Scope and purpose of the policy
  • Actions required for employees
  • Deadlines for compliance with the policy
  • Supports available to meet policy requirements
  • Requirements for unvaccinated employees
  • Consequences of not complying with the policy
  • Privacy considerations
  • Staff contact for questions and providing proof of vaccination
  • Highlighting continued adherence to COVID-19 prevention measures

Get more details on the key components of a workplace vaccination policy.

Review the Ontario Human Rights Commission's statement on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and proof of vaccine certificates.

Resources to support employers

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination in certain settings

The province requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access certain higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn.

Businesses and organizations are required to verify their customer or client's proof of vaccination through the Verify Ontario App or though visually verifying their vaccination receipt along with their personal identification. For more information, review proof of vaccination information for businesses and organizations.

Learn about where you must show proof of vaccination and exceptions.

Definition of fully vaccinated

A person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they've received:

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines (two doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca) or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) OR
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada OR
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada

AND

  • They received their final dose of the vaccine series at least 14 days ago

Frequently asked questions

See frequently asked questions about providing proof of vaccination.

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