Maple Lodge Farms Statement Regarding Employee Vaccination Clinics
Maple Lodge Farms (MLF) is pleased to announce that we will be conducting onsite employee vaccination clinics at all 3 of our Peel region facilities, in collaboration with the Province and Peel Public Health.
Along with the Brampton Board of Trade and Food and Beverage Ontario, MLF has been working to advance the concept of employer-operated workplace vaccination clinics to complement the Province’s “hotspot” strategy. Two weeks ago, the Province published criteria for workplaces wishing to apply for the pilot program. Having met the criteria, we subsequently submitted an onsite vaccination plan proposal that has since met the intense scrutiny of the Province and Peel Public Health making us a successful candidate for the pilot program.
The onsite employee vaccination clinics will be held over the next two weeks, starting with our Brampton site, with a “soft start” on Tuesday afternoon to ensure the clinic is running smoothly and then all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We will run a concurrent clinic at out Mississauga Distribution Centre on Thursday and Friday, and next week, Wednesday to Friday, at our Mississauga plant. Vaccinations will be provided to all interested employees, aged 18 and over, who are required to work onsite to perform their jobs. MLF will fund the program, retain a third-party health care provider to deliver the vaccinations, and supply the volunteers to operate the clinic.
It is important to note that while we have actively pursued the ability to conduct on-site vaccination clinics to ensure access and ease of vaccination for our workers, we have also made it abundantly clear that it is a personal choice and have advised them to speak to their health care provider to ensure that they make the right decision for themselves and their families. So far, there has been very good response from employees with only about 15% of those eligible stating that they are not interested in receiving the vaccine.
In addition to the employee only clinics, Maple Lodge Farms will be sponsoring a pop-up vaccination clinic for the surrounding community at a time and location yet to be determined in consultation with Peel Public Health. Specific details will be shared with the Public once plans are finalized.
For further information, please visit the Region of Peel’s website.
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