Toronto’s mandatory vaccinations law stops after one month

In mid-September, Toronto Mayor John Tory was forced to issue a statement clarifying that the city’s mandatory vaccinations law was not a graduation requirement. In the statement, Tory said he was “inclined to regret”…

Toronto's mandatory vaccinations law stops after one month

In mid-September, Toronto Mayor John Tory was forced to issue a statement clarifying that the city’s mandatory vaccinations law was not a graduation requirement.

In the statement, Tory said he was “inclined to regret” the policy requiring all city employees to have certain vaccinations, and he directed the City of Toronto to suspend the requirement.

There were initially more than 3,500 workers eligible for possible suspension as a result of the policy, but the city now says it is suspending plans to suspend 1,317 city employees, Mayor Tory said on Twitter Wednesday.

It still owes another 900 employees documentation for their vaccination status. And although 90% of employees eligible to be suspended have completed the paperwork, a revised deadline for employers is still being worked out, according to CNN affiliate CP24.

The city said it no longer plans to have employees present at the back of a class until they submit their required documentation, or to require adults to abstain from the vaccines while taking part in certain extracurricular activities.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford this week reversed the province’s decision to keep the MMR vaccine requirement in place. But it was unclear whether Ford would allow the nationwide policy for public schools to stay in place.

Ford, however, praised the decision to extend the deadline as a “middle ground solution.”

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