2 Waterloo police officers placed on unpaid leave for not following COVID-19 protocols

Two Waterloo area police officers have been put on unpaid leave for failing to follow the COVID-19 rules the service put in place last month, a spokesman has confirmed.

Police did not provide any information about the officers’ actions, but said those who are not vaccinated will have to present a negative test every 48 hours and attend training.

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The spokesman said 94 percent of all officers are fully vaccinated, which equates to 694 of the 743 members currently on the job.

They also said 94.5 percent of civilian workers (or 347 out of 367 employees) are also fully vaccinated.

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Anyone who is ill and has not been vaccinated must be put on sick leave.

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“If they are sick and need to isolate themselves due to exposure to COVID-19, the vaccinated officers receive a management fee,” the spokesman said in an email.

“Unvaccinated officials who do not have an exemption, however, have to use their sick days.”

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