Last updated: March 31, 2023
COVID-19 vaccination is an important layer of protection for workers, their families and the community. Staying up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s), is the best way to protect against becoming seriously sick from COVID-19 and long COVID. Having a high vaccination rate will protect employee health, reduce absenteeism and increase workplace safety.
Promoting Vaccinations for Workers
Establishing a Vaccination Policy for Your Workplace
Please note: The information provided on this webpage does not contain legal advice and should not be relied on or treated as legal advice; those for whom these recommendations are intended may seek their own legal advice for their specific circumstance. Workplaces should continue to review and update their policy based on the best up-to-date evidence and public health advice. While strongly encouraged, these recommendations are voluntary, and are not intended to be legally enforceable.
Key Components in a Vaccination Policy
- Develop a communication plan
- Have a clear communication plan to inform workers about the policy.
- Identify the scope and purpose.
- A COVID-19 vaccination policy should include statements about its scope and purpose. The policy may make statement such as:
- Workplace health and safety is a priority.
- The workplace is committed to taking reasonable steps to encourage COVID-19 vaccination among workers in order to protect them from the hazard of COVID-19.
- The policy is designed to maximize COVID-19 vaccination rates among workers as an important layer of protection against COVID-19.
- The policy applies to (indicate whether it applies to all workers, contractors, and/or agency staff).
- List actions and supports for workers.
- The policy should encourage and support workers to get vaccinated. For example:
- Strongly recommend that workers stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccine doses, including any booster(s) when eligible.
- Strongly encourage workers to seek information from credible sources.
- Provide workers with flexible hours and/or paid time off to help them get vaccinated.
- Provide workers with paid time off if they are not feeling well after vaccination.
- Staff contact
- Identify who at your organization workers should contact with questions about the policy or for more information.
Host an on-site Vaccination Clinic
Employers interested in hosting an on-site vaccination clinic are invited to complete a short survey to register for an initial assessment call. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Please only complete the survey if:
- You have a business or are representing an organization in the City of Toronto (postal code beginning with M). If your business or organization is outside Toronto, please use the Provincial Public Health Unit Locator to find your local public health unit; and
- You are the person(s) responsible for your business or organization.
Express interest in hosting an on-site vaccination clinic
Leave for Vaccination
Offering flexible work hours and/or paid time off to get vaccinated will help encourage your employees to stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
Under an amendment to the Employment Standards Act, between April 19, 2021 and March 31, 2023, Ontario workers could qualify for up to three days of paid sick leave to take time off work to get vaccinated or if they had side effects from the vaccine. Although this program has ended, continuing to offer employees leave for vaccination is an important way you can support your workers to stay up-to-date with their vaccines.
Educational Resources for Workplaces
Vaccine Posters, Graphics and Other Resources
- Vaccine-related posters, graphics and other resources are available in multiple languages on Toronto Public Health’s Vaccine Resources page.
- Information about COVID-19 vaccines
- Where to get vaccinated
- VaxFacts: A free service that connects residents with Scarborough Health Network doctors to help answer questions about COVID-19 and other vaccines. Workplaces can encourage workers who have questions about the vaccines to book a VaxFacts appointment for one-on-one phone consultation with a doctor.
Supporting Employee Mental Health
Workplace Guidance after Vaccination