The Town of Aurora will be lifting its COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy for employees, volunteers and contractors effective March 1, 2023. The Town continues to encourage everyone to get their COVID-19 vaccine, including booster shots, to help prevent severe outcomes of the virus and to keep the entire community safe. 

The Town introduced its COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy in October 2021, and it was informed by scientific evidence and public health guidance to help protect staff from severe illness and death. It also served to protect the public and to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. When the policy was first introduced, the Town committed to continuously review the policy. 

Taking into consideration current scientific and public health guidance, as well as the high rates of vaccination to date (including more than 87 per cent of Ontarians and 100 per cent of Town staff), the Town has decided that the risks associated with lifting the policy are manageable. 

“I am incredibly proud of how all employees at the Town stepped up to protect themselves, their families, coworkers and the entire community by getting vaccinated,” said Doug Nadorozny, the Town’s CAO. “While we are lifting the policy, our commitment to the health and safety of staff and residents is stronger than ever. We will continue to monitor the trends and we won’t hesitate to employ any tools at our disposal to keep all of Aurora safe.”

The lifting of the policy is in line with actions taken by other municipalities across the province, including some in York Region, the City of Windsor and the City of Toronto. 

The Town of Aurora continues to encourage staff to take health and safety precautions to protect both residents and themselves, including masking when in close contact with others. If it is determined that additional precautions are necessary in the future, the Town may opt to reinstate the mandatory vaccination policy or deploy other measures accordingly to protect employees and the public.