CME is urging the Ontario government to prioritize essential production workers and ensure speedy access to vaccines after frontline workers and seniors.Click image to enlargeCanadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is urging the Government of Ontario to vaccinate manufacturing workers so that the sector can continue to keep workplaces open and safe and compete against a largely vaccinated U.S. market.

CME is offering its support to manage the use of manufacturing sector assets to speed the vaccination rollout, including using industrial sites and resources to deliver vaccines to their workforce and the broader local communities.

Manufacturing workers’ earliest potential inoculation is in June. Meanwhile, American companies have largely completed vaccinating their employees.

The group is urging the Ontario government to prioritize essential production workers and ensure speedy access to vaccines after frontline workers and seniors.

"As a sector that employs over 750,000 essential workers in the manufacturing sector that continue to go to work every day – we must ensure that Ontario uses every resource available to them to increase vaccination rollout.  While our sector has retooled entire operations to make essential PPE and other goods necessary for their protection, access to vaccines is imperative for these workers to be adequately protected day in and day out," says Dennis Darby, President and CEO of CME.

CME is calling on the Ontario government to help industry play its part in the fight against COVID-19 by allowing manufacturers to continue to safely operate by immediately expanding the availability of rapid testing programs to all manufacturers.

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