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Cops and firefighters struck for 43 days in Canada in 2017, causing a breakdown in municipal services, including the parks department. Now the city of Toronto is suffering a similar loss. City officials say they will have to make drastic cuts to programming after the loss of seven full-time employees who chose not to get their booster shots. In total 12 of their 27 employees chose not to get vaccinated.
According to the Toronto Star, Toronto has more than one million children and toddlers enrolled in the city’s public childcare centers. The Parks department says they will have to “paile additional money into programs and services that we are already delivering.”
The city also warned they will be closing 40 municipal parks and rec centers on weekdays.
Ithaca Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the problem is not all that unique to Toronto:
A report from Ithaca’s research, public health and lead epidemiologist, Dr. Huda Alghoul, told the city council of more than 67,000, which is one of the largest snow storms in the country, that some public employees decided not to get vaccines and appeared to ignore environmental public health information and advisories about vaccines in recent years.
What is surprising is that the reason that so many public servants refuse to get vaccinated is because of a study by health professionals linked vaccines to autism. Autism rates have dropped dramatically since the beginning of this study.
Ultimately, I do not know if the causal link between vaccines and autism was to blame for these unexposed public servants, but it is worth noting as the conversation on this issue continues.