COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

Approved By: ALTTF Board of Trustees

Approval Date: October 25, 2021

Application

  • This policy applies to all employees, students, contractors and visitors (personnel) accessing facilities owned or operated by the ALTTF.
  • This policy does not apply to visitors or contractors that are not required to enter an ALTTF facility during business hours and/or be exposed to more than one person while in the facility.

Definitions

For the purposes of the Policy and Procedure, the following terms have the following meanings:

  • Contractor: any person contracted to provide a service at an ALTTF facility or off-site at the request of the ALTTF.
  • COVID-19: The disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (including any variant).
  • COVID-19 Vaccine: A COVID-19 vaccination authorized by Health Canada (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty; Moderna/Spikevax; Janssen (Johnson & Johnson); AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD/Vaxzevria).
  • Fully Vaccinated: Having obtained all required doses of a COVID-19 Vaccine, including having observed a two (2) week period (or longer where required) following the final dose.
  • Student: any person (member, non-member or prospective member) attending an in-person course or online orientation at an ALTTF facility or taught by an ALTTF instructor at any other location.
  • Visitor: any person not attending a course or providing a service that enters an ALTTF facility for any other reason.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Employees, contractors, students and visitors (personnel) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination.
  • Personnel who cannot be fully vaccinated on the basis of a protected legal ground (e.g. medical, religious) may request an exemption.
  • For a two dose vaccine series, personnel must receive one dose of COVID-19 Vaccine by November 15, 2021 and the second dose of COVID-19 Vaccine by December 31, 2021.

Providing Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

  • By November 15, 2021, all personnel must provide proof of all COVID-19 vaccine doses received to date, in a form satisfactory to the ALTTF, as per the process detailed below.
  • Proof of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine must be submitted by December 31, 2021.
  • Personnel will provide a copy of their COVID-19 immunization record (that shows their name) along with their SIN electronically or by mail or facsimile. The date of vaccination, type and dose number will be recorded and kept on file in accordance with federal and local privacy regulations.
  • Employees, contractors and visitors shall submit proof of vaccination in person at an ALTTF facility or electronically to sue@alttf.org

Accommodation Exemptions

  • Personnel may request an exemption from the requirement to be fully vaccinated by submitting a request for vaccination exemption to management on the basis of a protected legal ground, which may include:

– a sincerely held religious belief which prohibits the individual from receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine (accompanied by a sworn or affirmed declaration of that belief from a senior religious leader which confirms that you are a member of that religious/faith community and that the religion or faith has a principle or belief that prohibits vaccination); or

– a medical condition which prevents the individual from safely receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine (accompanied by medical documentation from a physician licensed to practice in Alberta confirming that the individual cannot safely receive a COVID-19 Vaccine and the anticipated duration of the required exemption).

  • Personnel submitting a request will be required to provide support for the basis of the request, including providing any information reasonably requested by the ALTTF.
  • Personnel with an approved exemption will be required to submit regular COVID-19 tests.

COVID-19 Vaccination Discussion

  • The ALTTF strongly encourages any individual who is not fully vaccinated to meet with a physician to have a full and frank, two-way dialogue about the benefits and risks of a COVID-19 Vaccine.

Unvaccinated Personnel

  • Personnel who do not provide proof that they are fully vaccinated will be required to submit ongoing COVID-19 rapid antigen testing up to twice per week (frequency to be determined at the ALTTF’s discretion), at the individuals own cost.
  • Students, contractors and/or visitors who do not comply with the testing requirements will not be allowed access to any ALTTF facility.
  • The ALTTF reserves the right to modify the application of this Policy based on operational needs, including any requirement or processes relating to testing.

Ongoing Safety Requirements

  • Personnel who are fully vaccinated or who have an approved exemption are still required to adhere to all other ALTTF workplace COVID-19 hazard controls.

Non-compliance with the Policy and Procedure

  • Students, contractors and/or visitors who fail to comply with this Policy and Procedure will not be allowed access to any ALTTF facility.
  • The ALTTF will not register students for training at third-party providers that do not require vaccination/testing but will accept such certificates as proof of training at the student’s expense.

Getting Vaccinated

  • To book a COVID-19 Vaccine dose, contact Alberta Health Services online or call 811.

Safeguarding Personal Information

  • The information being collected under this Policy and Procedure is collected and managed in compliance with the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). If you have any questions about the collection and use of your information under PIPA, please contact the ALTTF Manager, in writing by mail (12150-154 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5V 1J2) or by email (sue@alttf.org).

Supports Available

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge that we are all facing together. There have been many changes in both our personal and work lives that have been stressful and required us to adapt and manage as best we can.
  • Please remember that all members of Local 92 have access to supports if they are feeling stress, anxiety, or overwhelmed by COVID-19 or anything else that is going on in their life. Keep in mind that reaching out for support and assistance is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength and your commitment to your health and well being.
  • For more information, please access the Member Assistance Program (MAP) provided through the Laborers’ Health & Welfare Trust:
  • Counselling will be provided by a registered psychologist or counsellor in the Homewood Human Solutions network. All Homewood Health Inc. counsellors have extensive experience helping individuals with their problems. If longer-term counselling, hospital treatment, or specialized services (such as medical, legal or financial help) are required, your counsellor will arrange an appropriate referral and follow-up with you.
  • To speak with someone confidentially, 24 hours a day, or to book an appointment, call the Homewood Health Inc. number nearest you.

English                                  1-800-663-1142

French                                   1-866-398-9505

TTY (Hearing Impaired)      1-888-384-1152

International (Collect)          1-604-689-1717

Review

  • This procedure may be reviewed and revised before its scheduled review date as circumstances warrant.

References

The following are legislative and administrative references in Alberta relevant to this Policy and Procedure:

  • Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Alberta Human Rights Commission