The city of Toronto has “paused” some recreational programs after a number of staff members declined to get vaccinated, health officials said Friday.
An official investigation is underway after a supervisor died from meningitis, “indicating that influenza among city employees might be connected,” according to The Toronto Star.
City officials issued an alert Friday, saying: “There is a possibility of a limited risk to children, youth and staff involved in some summer programs, outdoor programming and other recreational activities, as well as other city staff, in response to this news.”
The city has already worked with other municipalities, citing a “concern” for the practice and the decision to “pause programs.”
“We will continue to closely monitor cases and take the appropriate steps,” City spokeswoman Caitlin Petrie told The Post.
Toronto health officials emphasized that those who do not want to get vaccinated can contact a vaccination clinic at any time.
“The health of residents and their families is of utmost importance,” health officials said.