OCDSB Releases Results of Staff Vaccination Data

OCDSB Releases Results of Staff Vaccination Data
Posted on 09/15/2021
OCDSB Releases Results of Staff Vaccination Data

On August 17, the Ontario government announced its intention to implement an immunization disclosure policy for all publicly-funded school board employees, staff in private schools and licensed child care settings and other individuals regularly in these settings, for the 2021-22 school year.

Under the directive from the Ministry of Education, school boards were required to meet the following key dates:

  • By September 7, 2021: Individuals covered by the policy were expected to submit a formal attestation if they are “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination (i.e. upload or provide vaccination receipt(s)).
  • By September 10, 2021: School boards were expected to share aggregated, depersonalized attestation statistical information with the Ministry in an electronic format and continue doing so on a regular basis.
  • By September 15, 2021: School boards are expected to publicly post aggregated, depersonalized attestation statistical information and continue doing so on a monthly basis.

The OCDSB prioritized the collection of employee attestation data. More than 10,000 employees (85% of staff) have completed the attestation. Of those school board employees and trustees who have submitted an attestation, 96.9% of individuals have attested to being fully vaccinated. The remainder includes staff who are partially vaccinated, requested medical and religious/creed exemptions, or cited personal reasons.  

The following table provides a breakdown of the data below, according to criteria provided by the Ministry. Work is underway to complete the collection of attestation data for other required groups under the Ministry directive.

COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure Attestation Summary

       As of September 28, 2021

School Board Employees & Trustees

Other Individuals1

#

%

#

%

Total number of individuals to which the policy will apply

11,923

100.0%

255

100.0%

Total number of individuals who have attested to being fully vaccinated (with and without supporting documentation)

10,781

90.4%

248

97.25%

Total number of individuals who provided a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated

6

.05%

0


The number of individuals who have not yet submitted an attestation form, if known

631

5.3%



          Note: numbers may not add due to rounding

                        1 Other individuals include those frequently in schools or other settings who may have direct contact with students or staff (e.g. visitors, volunteers, contractors, other professionals). This is an estimate and subject to change.       

Next steps:

The OCDSB is following up with all individuals who have not yet submitted an attestation. The reasons for this are varied and include individuals who may currently be on leave or casual staff who may have been hired elsewhere.

On September 1st, the Board passed a motion directing staff to develop, in collaboration with Ottawa Public Health and employee representatives, a mandatory vaccine protocol and strategy for all district employees by September 30, 2021, that would require employees to have at least their first dose by September 30 and their second dose as soon as medically possible and available. Staff is in the process of developing this protocol. This decision is in addition to the provincial direction to establish a mandatory vaccine disclosure policy.

Employees who are not fully vaccinated may be required, at a minimum, to complete an education program and undergo regular rapid antigen testing at least twice weekly.  Other options currently being considered as part of the mandatory vaccination protocol may include reassignment or leave without pay for those without a valid exemption.

Get your shot

The vaccination of all eligible staff, parents and students is a key measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect others who may be unable to get the shot. 

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage families to speak with their health provider or visit the Ottawa Public Health vaccine website.

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