In a press release issued on August 17, 2021, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is taking action to increase protection for those deemed as most vulnerable including people who have an intellectual disability. This includes making COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory in higher risk settings. This vaccination policy must be effective by September 23, 2021.
Based on the mandate of the Government of Ontario, Effective September 23, 2021, Community Living Mississauga will be requiring all our employees, contractors, students and volunteers to provide proof of being fully vaccinated. This will also be extended to people we provide support to in day support programs and all respite and leisure programs.
Day Support participants will have until September 23, 2021 to submit proof of full vaccination to Community Living Mississauga. This can be dropped off at one of the program locations or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have registered your son or daughter to participate in the upcoming fall session of one of our respite or leisure programs, you will have until September 23, 2021 to submit proof of full vaccination to Community Living Mississauga in order for them to participate. This can be dropped off at our head office location through the mail slot or emailed to: email@example.com
Participants who are not able to be vaccinated due to a medical condition must provide written proof of a medical reason provided by a physician or registered nurse in the extended class that sets out: (i) a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and (ii) the effective time period for the medical reason.
For your reference the acceptable medical reasons for vaccine exemption as identified by Dr. Loh, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Peel Region are included in this link: https://www.clmiss.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Allowable_Medical_Exemptions_COVID-19_Vaccine_2021_08_03.pdf
Participants who meet the medical exemption requirements will be required to provide proof of a negative Rapid Antigen test on a weekly basis to continue to participate in a day support program or respite and leisure program.
These participants must arrange for Rapid Antigen testing themselves, on their own time. Participants who fail to provide a negative Rapid Antigen test on a weekly basis as required will not be able to participate in Community Living Mississauga’s day support and respite and leisure programs.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding with respect to this important matter!