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Vaccination Requirements for GNWT Employees

As of November 30th, 2021, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) will require employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The objective is to ensure a safe working environment for our employees, as well as our communities and the members of the public that we serve. 

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Policy Summary:

  • GNWT employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 30th, 2021.
  • Accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for medical reasons or based on protected grounds under the Human Rights Act.
  • Employee privacy and confidentiality is very important. Access to documents and information relating to an employee’s vaccination status will be on a need-to-know basis and restricted to only the specific individuals necessary to carry out the implementation of this Policy.

Policy Guidelines

The Deputy Heads of each department and agency are responsible for the development, implementation and operation of departmental vaccination guidelines and procedures.

Departmental guidelines will be shared as they become available.

Questions and Answers

Q: Who exactly will this policy affect?

A: The policy applies to all employees. Deputy Heads are responsible for designating who the policy will apply to. Your department will provide more details when they are available.

Q: Are vaccines available to all who require them.

A: Vaccines are available to anyone who requests one.  Vaccines are available to people 12 years of age and older. Vaccine clinics, booking instructions, and other vaccine info can be found on the NTHSSA website.

Q: How do I get proof of vaccination?

A: You can request Electronic Proof of Vaccination.

Q: How do I submit my proof of vaccination? How will my info be kept safe?

A: Details on submitting your proof of vaccination will be including the Guidelines. 

Once the information has been submitted and verified, the employee's supervisor will be informed of the employee's vaccination status so that applicable health and safety protocols are implemented.  All access to employee information will be on a strictly-need-to-know basis and restricted accordingly.

Q: What if I am not vaccinated, or don’t want to disclose my vaccine status?

A: Employees who choose not to be vaccinated, who are not fully immunized or do not provide proof of vaccination by November 30, 2021, will be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the workplace and undergo regular testing for COVID-19 until they are fully vaccinated.

Q: What, if any, accommodations will be made for employees who are unable to be vaccinated?

A: The policy has a built-in accommodation for employees who do not provide proof of vaccination – the requirement undergo regular testing and possible additional PPE.

Q: I require additional accommodation. Who do I speak to?

A: Accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for medical reasons or based on protected grounds under the Human Rights Act. Speak to your supervisor.

Q: What happens if an employee refuses to be vaccinated and refuses to wear PPE and submit to regular testing?

A: Employees who have not provided proof of vaccination and who do not follow PPE/testing rules will be required to take Leave without pay.

Q: What happens if the situation changes?

A: This Policy will be reviewed by the Department of Finance no later than six months after it comes into force. This policy will be updated as required and as reasonable in the evolving nature of the pandemic, vaccine availability and government and public health authority direction.

Q: I still have questions. How do I get more information?

A: Each deputy head will ensure the development, implementation and operation of appropriate departmental vaccination guidelines and procedures in their respective departments and agencies’ workplaces. More information will be shared with you as it becomes available.

If you have further questions, speak to your supervisor.