Media Release: COVID-19 Vaccination Policies in Effect at TBDSSAB

November 8, 2021 – The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) now requires proof of vaccination for staff and vendors entering its buildings.

First introduced in September, TBDSSAB staff were given 45 days’ notice to provide proof of vaccination or documented exemption. As of the November 5th deadline, 98% have provided proof of full vaccination. Staff who are not fully vaccinated will participate in an education session and must regularly provide proof of negative antigen test results.

A policy requiring contractors, service providers and vendors to submit a vaccination attestation form was implemented on October 15, 2021. To perform any work or fulfil any contractual obligations involving on-site attendance at TBDSSAB premises, contractors are required to submit an attestation by November 15, 2021.

Screening processes continue to comply with public health directives.  As an essential service provider that works with vulnerable individuals, TBDSSAB will not be implementing a mandatory vaccine policy for service users.

“The safety and wellbeing of staff, service users, and communities is a top priority for TBDSSAB. Vaccination policies help us increase the safety of our offices and housing properties without creating barriers to services for the people we serve.” – William (Bill) Bradica, CAO, The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board