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Earlier this week, the District of Saanich announced they would require all staff to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. 

This came in a series of announcements across the province as various organizations and municipalities set their own regulations on COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace. 

See more: Another municipality in Greater Victoria will require employees to be fully vaccinated

In a news release on October 28th, the Township of Esquimalt followed suit. 

As of December 20th, all Township of Esquimalt employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of their vaccination status. 

Accommodations will be made for those employees who can’t be fully vaccinated for legitimate reasons.

“This policy is our way of bolstering not only the health and safety of our staff, but of all visitors to township facilities,” said Chief Administrative Officer Laurie Hurst.

 “We’ve set a reasonable timeframe so that those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated can get this done before December 20th.”

According to the release by the Township of Esquimalt, elected officials of the Esquimalt council are not subject to the vaccination mandate as it is an employee policy.

However, all members of the council have self-declared to be fully vaccinated.

To date, 8,202,550 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC; 3,933,596 of which are second doses.

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