Waterloo Regional Police Implement COVID-19 Vaccination Directive for Sworn and Civilian Members
Waterloo Region, Ontario – In an effort to provide a safe work environment and to protect the health of the community we serve, the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) has implemented a new COVID-19 vaccination directive for its members.
The WRPS is committed to taking every precaution reasonable from COVID-19, including encouraging all members to be fully vaccinated. Currently, 88.5 per cent of members are fully vaccinated.
Effective October 4, 2021, the new vaccination directive states that:
- Current members must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
- New members are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment with WRPS.
- Any member making a request for accommodation pursuant to a specified ground under the Ontario Human Rights Code is required to do so in writing.
- Any member who is unvaccinated will be subject to additional infection prevention control measures including providing regular proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test.
- Current members who are unvaccinated for reasons other than a specified ground under the Ontario Human Rights Code, will be required to participate in one or more sessions of a COVID-19 education program.
Members who choose not to comply with the COVID-19 Vaccination Directive will be placed on a leave of absence without pay until compliance is achieved.
“We must continue to do our part and we are committed to doing everything possible to protect the community we serve, including the vulnerable populations our members interact with every day,” said Chief Bryan Larkin.
Click here to view the full COVID-19 Vaccination Directive.