Nearly 250 city of Toronto employees have been suspended without pay for refusing mandatory measles vaccination. Officials had previously told Fox Nation viewers that the employees were being suspended for refusing to sign up to have the mandatory vaccination to “do their civic duty.”
BREAKING: 232 city of Toronto employees have been suspended without pay for refusing mandatory MMR vaccination. Pending legal action by my organization. We can all help by signing this petition.https://t.co/UFKVqp7GpK pic.twitter.com/PJ2nXmxpeS — Scott Klusendorf (@ScottSKlusendorf) October 2, 2018
According to a statement from Toronto Mayor John Tory, 248 employees have been suspended indefinitely without pay after they refused to get vaccinated. Tory, along with other public officials, had previously encouraged the individuals to have the vaccine to “do their civic duty.”
Scott Klusendorf, executive director of the Perinatal Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, was also one of those employees suspended from his work with the city.
The crisis in Toronto comes days after a sick baby died and several others contracted measles. The disease was linked to a public meeting hosted by activist group Doctors Against Vaccination.
Klusendorf released a statement in response to the crisis. In it, he encouraged people to sign a petition that asks for more action from Ontario’s Public Health Agency (OPHA).
“It is irresponsible of the Ontario Public Health Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to attempt to take down powerful voices and prevent public education when it comes to the need for a mandatory vaccine,” Klusendorf wrote.
“This public information initiative is another attempt by a government agency to prevent the proper education of Ontarians regarding the urgent need for the mandatory vaccination of every child under the age of five living in the province,” he added.
All of the individuals without vaccines could face expulsion from their positions with the City of Toronto, a stipulation City staff are required to sign.