Canada will mandate vaccination if of the end of October for air and train passengers, and if of 29 Oct for federal government employees, including members of the military and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday.
“We’ve Covered a Lot” of ground against Covid-19,” Mr Trudeau told a news conference in the capital, Ottawa. “But our fight is not over.”
Civil servants who are still unvaccinated and do not have a verified medical clearance on unpaid leave as of Nov. 15, he said. the federal government estimate that more than 80 percent of are 300,450 civilian workers — more than 240,000 people – to be already fully vaccinated. The military has about 95,000 regular and reserve members, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has approximately 19,000 officers.
“It’s very simple,” said Mr. Trudeau of the possibility that large numbers of government employees can miss the November 15 deadline. “Like you want to go on work for the public maintenance of Canada you need be fully vaccinated.”
The requirement does not apply to employees of Canadian provincial and local governments.
canada is one of the most heavily vaccinated countries in the world – between people 12 years of older, almost 81 percent are fully vaccinated, and nearly 87 percent are at least partially vaccinated. From the age of 12, anyone can get the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, and those die 18 years of to be older over to be also in eligible for the vaccines AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Yet the country undergoing a fourth wave of the virus, with hotspots in several western areas: Alberta, where all coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in June-; Saskatchewan; and the very sparsely populated Northwest Territories.
Mr Trudeau, a liberal, first announced the plan to make vaccination mandatory in August, met few details. Most polls show overwhelming support among the Canadians for mandatory vaccination.
But the prime ministerthe quick election call shortly after – in what turned out to be the vain hope that high approval ratings for his pandemic performance would give he the majority of votes in the House of Commons he was refused in 2019 — implementation prevented of the mandate. During the day die election campaign, Erin O’Toole, the conservative leader, was even against mandatory vaccination for to be party’s candidates.
Mr Trudeau confirmed during the news conference on Wednesday that the vaccine mandate for travel applies to members of Parliament. The vaccination rules for the House of Commons must be set by Parliament, not by the government, but Mr. Trudeau has ordered that his Liberal members be vaccinated.
Some unions have challenged mandatory vaccination regulations die entered by other levels of government. previous court decisions on however, other pandemic measures suggest it will be difficult to rules.
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