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Canada mandates COVID-19 vaccination for federal employees and all air, rail and cruise travelers

The authorities of Canada announced Friday that it’s going to require COVID-19 vaccination as early as September for all federal employees, in addition to all business air travelers, passengers on trains touring between provinces, and cruise ship passengers. 

“As the country’s largest employer, the Government of Canada is committed to playing a leadership role by further protecting the health and safety of public servants,” the federal government stated in a press launch saying the coverage, including that it hopes to implement the necessities by the tip of October on the newest. 

More than 71% of eligible Canadians are absolutely vaccinated, and 82% have gotten at the very least their first shot — a better rate than the U.S., the place 59% of eligible persons are absolutely vaccinated. However, greater than 6 million eligible individuals in Canada are nonetheless unvaccinated. Less than 1% of COVID-19 instances in Canada have been amongst those that have been absolutely vaccinated, the federal government stated. 

The Canadian authorities stated it is going to seek the advice of with “key stakeholders, including bargaining agents and transportation sector operators, as we plan for the implementation of these initiatives.” Details akin to when COVID-19 checks could also be required have but to be labored out.

Air Canada responded by calling the vaccine mandate “a welcome step forward in the evolving measures to protect the health and safety of airline employees, customers and all Canadians.” 

This comes on the heels of Canada’s transfer to reopen its border to U.S. travelers as of Monday, August 9, to buy, trip and go to — although the U.S. has not reciprocated. U.S. residents and authorized everlasting residents who need to enter Canada should be each absolutely vaccinated and check detrimental for COVID-19 inside three days to cross the border. 

The Canadian authorities says it hopes that the vaccine mandate will drive different employers to make the identical resolution, and it is “calling on all organizations beyond the federally regulated sector to put in place their own vaccination strategies” to hep hold their communities secure.