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Toronto Police Service reveals details of mandatory vaccine policy

TORONTO — The Toronto Police Service says it will place employees who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 on an "indefinite unpaid absence" starting at the end of next month.

TORONTO — The Toronto Police Service says it will place employees who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 on an "indefinite unpaid absence" starting at the end of next month.

The force released details of its mandatory vaccine policy on Thursday. 

The police force says that as of Nov. 30, any uniform or civilian employee who has not disclosed their vaccination status or is not fully vaccinated will be considered "unable to perform their duties."

The force says these members will be placed on an indefinite unpaid leave and will not be allowed to enter Toronto Police Service buildings or facilities. 

If and when a member is fully vaccinated and discloses their updated vaccination status, they will be able to return to work.

The force says it will make accommodations for those who remain unvaccinated for reasons protected by the Human Rights Code.

The police force says that as of Thursday, 90 per cent of TPS members had disclosed their vaccination status — 97 per cent of whom have at least one dose and 94 per cent of whom have been fully vaccinated.

The force also announced that effective immediately, unvaccinated employees will not be eligible for promotion into supervisory or managerial roles. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 21, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. 

The Canadian Press