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90 percent of the staff on two school boards in Ottawa are fully vaccinated

90 percent of the staff on two school boards in Ottawa are fully vaccinated

OTTAWA-At least 90 percent of the staff of Ottawa’s two largest school boards say they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Both the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board say over 90 percent of staff have indicated they have received two doses of COVID-19 on their attestation form, but not all employees have completed the form.

The Ministry of Education introduced a COVID-19 vaccination information policy for all publicly funded school board staff, including teachers and staff. All employees must complete the vaccination certificate form by September 7, and boards must publish the results by Wednesday.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board says 95.47 percent of employees who have completed the attestation form are fully vaccinated, while 2.2 percent are partially vaccinated. The board said Tuesday night that 2.3 percent of staff seeking either a medical or religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine are unvaccinated or refused to disclose their vaccination status.

On Wednesday, the board said more than 10,000 of its 11,923 employees have completed the vaccination certificate, representing 85 percent of staff. The OCDSB says 1,621 employees have not yet submitted an attestation form to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board says 90.4 percent of its employees are fully vaccinated, while 9.6 percent of employees are not fully vaccinated. The Board of Directors did not state how many employees have filled in the forms.

The 90 percent fully vaccinated rate for staff with OCDSB and the Ottawa Catholic School Board are both above the city of Ottawa’s average. As of Wednesday, 81 percent of Ottawa residents 12 and older had received two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine and are considered fully vaccinated.

Both the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board voted two weeks ago to implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for teachers and staff.

The OCDSB adopted a proposal requiring staff to complete a mandatory vaccination protocol for COVID-19 by September 30, with staff mandated to receive the first dose by the end of September. Employees should receive the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine “as soon as medically permissible and available.”

Staff at the Ottawa Catholic School Board will present a mandatory vaccination policy to administrators on September 28th. A report to trustees Tuesday night said staff are taking into account feedback from staff and unions, legal opinions and other information from the Department of Education and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer.

“We also take into account the ability of staff to operationalize such a policy given the requirements of confidentiality and complexity in the absence of case law on mandatory vaccination policy during a pandemic in the education sector.”

CONSEL OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OF THE CENTER-EASTERN

The Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Center-Est says 59.1 percent of its 5,190 employees are fully vaccinated. Less than one percent of employees have provided a documented medical reason to justify the complete non-vaccination that accounts for seven employees.

In a statement on its website, the CECCE says of the 5,190 employees available to work on CECCE property, 1,255 employees have not yet worked, and 347 are on authorized leave.

“If the vaccination rate were calculated according to the working population, the vaccination rate with supporting documentation would be 67% and the vaccination rate without supporting documentation would be 18%, a total of 85% of the working population that would be vaccinated.”

EAST -ONTARIO PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD

The Conseil des ecoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario says that 57 percent of its employees are fully vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A total of 7.7 percent of employees have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Three employees have provided a documented medical reason to justify non-vaccination.

CEPEO says 34.8 percent (990 employees) of its 2,842 employees have not completed the COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

UPPER CANADA DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

The Upper Canada District School Board says 92.65 percent of staff have testified to being fully vaccinated. An employee presented a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated.

A total of 251 employees have not submitted a certification form.

CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF EASTERN ONTARIO

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario says 1,375 employees have certified that they are fully vaccinated, representing 79.6 percent of all staff.

A total of 99 employees have said that they have only received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or have not yet received one vaccine.

An employee presented a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated.

The board says 251 employees have not submitted an attestation form for the COVID-19 vaccine.

RENFREW COUNTY DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

The Renfrew County District School Board says 88 percent of staff (1,536 employees) have certified and provided evidence of being fully vaccinated.

A total of 154 employees (9 percent) have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 12 individuals have given a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

43 employees have not completed the mandatory certification of COVID-19.

RENFREW COUNTY CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

Renfrew County Catholic District School Board says 710 of its 791 employees have testified to being fully vaccinated, representing 89.7 percent.

Three employees have not yet submitted a certification form.

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