You are unwilling to be vaccinated against COVID-19

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Disclosing your vaccination status

The employer has a general duty to ensure the health and safety of its employees in the workplace.

All employees of the Core Public Administration, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), must be vaccinated. This requirement applies whether you are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site.

The attestation deadline has passed. However, if you are returning from a leave of absence, you are required to submit your attestation within two weeks after the date of your return.

As indicated in the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination, if you refuse to disclose your status or are unwilling to be fully vaccinated, you will be placed on administrative leave without pay.

This will apply if:

  • you are unwilling to be vaccinated, or
  • you are unwilling to attest to your vaccination status, or
  • you have not had your first vaccine dose or submitted your request for accommodation by November 15, 2021, or
  • your manager has determined that the duty to accommodate does not apply, and you remain unvaccinated

You will also be considered unwilling to be vaccinated if you have not received your second dose within 10 weeks of having received your first dose.

Consequences of remaining unvaccinated or not attesting

If you are unwilling to be vaccinated or refuse to disclose your vaccination status, you will be advised not to report to work or work remotely. You will be placed on leave without pay and you will not be assigned hours of work.

If you have received your first dose of a two-dose series, you are required to inform your manager of the date of your first vaccination. You will have a period of up to 10 weeks to receive your second dose. After 10 weeks, if you have not received your second dose you will be placed on leave without pay.

Once your first dose is received, you will be able to either return to the worksite with mandatory testing, work remotely, or telework, as determined by your manager.

Building vaccine confidence

A course on COVID-19 Vaccination, developed by Health Canada, is available on GCcampus to provide authoritative and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccination. It provides the best available Public Health Agency of Canada/Health Canada-endorsed information about vaccines and how they work.

This course is mandatory if you are unwilling to disclose your vaccination status or choose not to be fully vaccinated.

Considerations while on leave without pay

Pension plans

Contributions and benefits under the public sector pension plans may be affected while on leave without pay (LWOP). The public sector pension plans have existing provisions for members on LWOP.

More information is available, as applicable:

Benefits plans

Group insurance benefits plans are also impacted by leave without pay. The Public Service Pay Centre or your organization’s compensation office can provide information relating to your benefit plan.

Consult your benefit plans for more information:

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