Canadian Schools Struggle With Unvaccinated Staff, Unclear Treatment Plan for Vulnerable

Temporary exemptions for roughly 290 unvaccinated Toronto District School Board staff and some other school-based employees will be granted at a meeting Tuesday morning, as the board attempts to deal with the discovery of…

Canadian Schools Struggle With Unvaccinated Staff, Unclear Treatment Plan for Vulnerable

Temporary exemptions for roughly 290 unvaccinated Toronto District School Board staff and some other school-based employees will be granted at a meeting Tuesday morning, as the board attempts to deal with the discovery of several students who are not in compliance with immunization requirements.

Education Minister Lisa Thompson will be attending the TDSB meeting to sign off on temporary exemptions to the Immunization for Canadian Public Health Act and Bill 185, and Bill 140.

Bill 140 would direct the TDSB to appoint “temporary third-party administrators” to administer the required vaccine and immunization certificates to unvaccinated students and staff, and imposes restrictions on who can apply for an exemption, among other things. On Friday, the TDSB issued an “unvaccinated person must be vaccinated” letter to those who did not meet the requirements, and it ordered that unvaccinated students who do not appear on the list to be excluded from the school system. However, some parents were petitioning for exemptions for unvaccinated employees, some of whom have children with medical conditions.

“A TDSB health official came to me today and expressed grave concern about staff who need to be vaccinated but cannot get this information through the system,” Minister Thompson said in a statement released late Monday night. “With the exception of a small number of individuals, the TDSB staff can expect to get this information from the Health Unit and apply for exemptions.”

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