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New Brunswick eases COVID vaccine requirements for many government workers


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New Brunswick is dropping the requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for many of its employees.

Effective March 28, vaccination will no longer be a condition of employment with the New Brunswick public service except for employees working in facilities of the regional health authorities, Extra-Mural/Ambulance NB and corrections, which remain vulnerable sectors.

“The leave without pay for unvaccinated employees in all other settings in Parts I, II, III and IV will end on March 28. These employees will report back to work on that day,” the province said in a press release.

Unvaccinated employees working in facilities of the regional health authorities, Extra-Mural /Ambulance NB and corrections will remain on leave without pay until fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Full vaccination remains a condition of employment for current and new employees in nursing homes and adult residential facilities licensed by the Department of Social Development.

The amended vaccination policy also applies to volunteers, on-site vendors, suppliers and contractors.

The government will reassess the application of the policy in the vulnerable sectors by the end of March, it said.

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