With a workforce of just over 600 employees, the City of Brandon is reporting that 99% of its employees have voluntarily disclosed their vaccination status. As of November 23rd, 2021, 92% have identified as being fully vaccinated.
On November 1st, 2021, the City implemented a mandatory vaccination or testing policy for employees who have direct and ongoing or prolonged contact with vulnerable populations. There are currently less than 20 employees completing regular COVID-19 testing, producing a negative result every 48hrs prior to entering the workplace.
The 92-percentage identified as being fully vaccinated does not include elected officials. On October 7th, 2021, the City of Brandon Mayor and Council announced that every elected official was fully vaccinated.
As of November 23rd, 2021, the Government of Manitoba COVID-19 vaccine website reported that Brandon's vaccine uptake was 86.3%. The City of Brandon will continue to encourage those who are not yet vaccinated to seek professional medical advice, and if advisable, to initiate their vaccination process as soon as possible.
"I am not surprised that most of our staff have been vaccinated," notes City Manager Ron Bowles. "Keeping the public safe, as well as our fellow employees, has been a top priority across our organization."
More information about the COVID-19 response in Manitoba can be found at https://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ Information on the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at https://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/ or by contacting your family doctor or local pharmacist.
As it has since the outset of its response to this global pandemic, the City of Brandon adheres to a high level of COVID-19 prevention protocols in its workplaces and public spaces, including, but not limited to:
- mandatory handwashing/sanitizing upon entrance to all civic facilities,
- the installation of plexiglass barriers at all public service counters,
- the establishment of safe physical distancing protocols in its facilities,
- mandatory face coverings, and extra cleaning of commonly-touched surfaces.
More information on the City of Brandon's COVID-19 response can be found at https://brandon.ca/covid-19-updates