Suspension of mandatory vaccinations for air and rail travel | Coronavirus

The measure will come into effect on June 20, Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said at a news conference.

Foreign travelers entering Canada must still meet all requirements, including vaccinations and use of the ArriveCAN appunderlined Mr Alghabra.

but Travelers must continue to wear the mask on planes and trainsadded the minister, who judged it was a “minor inconvenience to ask travelers who are sitting together in a small closed and cramped space”.

Vaccination of tourists and employees remains mandatory on cruise ships given the higher risk of spread associated with promiscuity between travelers.

The Secretary of Transportation also recommends that Canadians traveling abroad check the applicable regulations of the country they intend to travel to, as some jurisdictions still require proof of vaccination in order to cross the border.

The Trudeau administration has faced increasing pressure from tourism and travel groups to eliminate mandatory travel vaccinations, reduce delays at Canada’s airports and align federal regulations with health measures.

Ottawa announced last week that random tests for vaccinated travelers would be suspended.

Also for federal employees

The change also affects federal employees who have been given unpaid leave due to their vaccination status.

The government has not disclosed how many employees have been furloughed, but reports that 98.5% of the 283,000 federal employees have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Suspended employees will be contacted by their managers to allow them to return to work, said Treasury Board President Mona Fortier. That RCMP and entities under federal jurisdiction are impacted by the announcement.

Earlier this year, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) had filed a complaint against the government on behalf of officials who have been placed on unpaid leave, but also on behalf of officials working from home who also needed vaccinations or risked losing their salary. Several other public sector unions have faced similar challenges.

With the lifting of the vaccination policy, we expect compensation for our unjustly punished members. »

A quote from PSAC National President Chris Aylward

Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos recalled this at the press conferencewith Omicron, two doses are no longer enough, since acquired immunity wears off over time.

He therefore urged Canadians who have not yet done so to update their vaccination status by getting a third or even a fourth dose.

Canada follows on 3e dose

While 86% of Canadians 5 years and older received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, only 55.5% of those 12 and older received a third dose and 34.8% of those 70 and older received a fourth dose.

The vaccination campaign has been running across the country for several weeks.

Photo: CBC/Robert Krbavac

Canada currently ranks sixth among the G7 countries for third dose administration, well behind Italy where the coverage rate is 67%.

Intergovernmental Affairs Secretary Dominic LeBlanc has also recalled that these relaxations could be lifted if the situation on the COVID-19 frontline worsens again.

In such a scenario, the return to compulsory vaccination would be based on triple vaccination, Minister Duclos stressed.

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