Kelowna and Kamloops, along with other municipalities, are mandating their employees be vaccinated. (Black Press Media file photo)

Kelowna and Kamloops, along with other municipalities, are mandating their employees be vaccinated. (Black Press Media file photo)

Princeton council not ready to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for municipal employees

The Town of Princeton currently has no plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for its employees.

“We are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. That’s all at this time,” said Mayor Spencer Coyne in an interview with The Spotlight.

“Staff are monitoring it and confirming with neighbouring municipalities, and speaking with the province, and at this time following public health orders.”

Some municipalities are already implementing vaccine mandates. Last week, the City of Kelowna announced its city staff will be required to be vaccinated by Dec. 13 in order to keep their jobs. Vancouver and Kamloops have adopted similar policies, joined by Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and other cities.

Those working in federal public service will also have to be vaccinated effective Oct. 29. That includes RCMP, Corrections Services staff and workers for the Canada Border Services Agency. Staff who do not declare their vaccination status will be put on unpaid administrative leave as of Nov. 15

Meanwhile, 30,000 provincial government employees will need to be vaccinated as of Nov. 22, however, the mandate excludes teachers and health-care workers.

Last week, the Spotlight reported that Nicola-Similkameen School District trustees are still considering whether or not they will require vaccinations for teachers and school staff.

Related: COVID-19 vaccination mandated for City of Kelowna employees

Related: Will Princeton teachers face mandatory COVID vaccinations?

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