The City of Kelowna has lifted their Covid-19 policy as of Wednesday, February 1st, 2021. Mayor Tom Dyas stated that the policy served its purpose and was no longer required. As a result, all employees will no longer be expected to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 in order to remain employed within the city.
Kelowna International Airport also has removed any pandemic-related restrictions that were in place prior to this new announcement. Currently, there are no employees off work because of the policy due to medical exemptions and accommodations provided by the city.
When the Covid-19 vaccine policy was first put into effect on December 13th, it led to a number of employees seeking alternative job opportunities due to being unable to receive the vaccine for various reasons such as medical conditions or religious beliefs. The city provides exceptions from the policy if they are medically certified or have other protected human rights grounds.
The implementation of this policy has kept unvaccinated individuals from applying for positions at city hall while also leading others away from their current jobs with the city. While this decision may not be welcomed by everyone, it is an important step forward in helping protect those who cannot yet be vaccinated while still allowing people with a valid exemption to remain employed or apply for roles at the City of Kelowna.
The lifting of this vaccine requirement brings relief for many people whose circumstances have prevented them from taking on such positions before – whether due to financial burden or personal beliefs – and opens up opportunities for those who have been left out before due to their inability or unwillingness to receive a vaccine. It is hoped that this move will help create a safer and healthier work environment while protecting people’s rights and freedoms during this challenging time.