A mandatory vaccine policy has been put in place for all those employed with the Lower Nicola Indian Band, as well as Chief and Council.

All employees and those providing service will be required to have proof of one vaccination, or have attained an approved exemption, by Nov. 20, 2021.

Proof of full vaccination status will be required by Dec. 20, 2021 or employees will face an unpaid leave of absence until COVID-19 has sufficiently abated.

 “The Lower Nicola Indian Band is committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and members of the public with whom we interact regularly,” said Chief Stu Jackson. “The purpose of the Vaccination Policy is to provide guidelines pertaining to the expectations and requirements of staff with respect to COVID-19 and vaccination. In our day-to-day operations, we have a responsibility to protect all workers and the community in which we operate, and it is critical that the LNIB and its staff take precautions to protect against COVID-19. We cannot control the virus or the world at large, but certainly take steps as an organization and government to protect our community to the best of our ability. Individually we can each take responsibility and action by following COVID safety protocols and getting immunized.”

A press release put out on Nov. 5 mentions the LNIB’s central location to urban areas to the north, east and south, with frequent traffic through the area.