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Toronto Police Service implements mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for officers, staff

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 @ 1:00 PM | By Amanda Jerome

On Aug. 24, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) implemented a “mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all members, both uniform and civilian.”

According to a release, the TPS has “an obligation to ensure a safe workplace for TPS members and the public.”

“This is a primary commitment for the Service, as it has been throughout the pandemic,” the release added.

“The safety of our members, our workplaces and the public is of utmost importance to us. Our members will be required to be fully vaccinated to protect each other and the communities we serve,” said Police Chief James Ramer in a statement.

The TPS noted that it “continues to support and follow public health advice regarding vaccination, social distancing, the wearing of masks, and the use of PPE among other precautions, and will implement the new mandatory requirement for all members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to the Service’s duty to accommodate members pursuant to the Human Rights Code.”

“As a first step,” the release explained, “all TPS members will be required to disclose and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status by September 13, 2021.”

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