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Canada announces Covid-19 vaccine mandate for travelers

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(CNN) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday introduced a nationwide Covid-19 vaccine mandate for rail and air travelers in addition to workers.

“Today we’re fulfilling two of our important commitments — obligatory vaccination for federal staff and obligatory vaccination for journey,” Trudeau stated.

Canada may also have a vaccine mandate for federally regulated staff in place by the tip of the month, in accordance with Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Trudeau stated that by the tip of October all travelers 12 or older on a airplane or practice inside Canada have to be absolutely vaccinated. Trudeau stated there can be a brief grace interval the place unvaccinated travelers or workers “can present a destructive Covid-19 take a look at.”

“By the tip of November, in the event you’re 12 or older and need to fly or take the practice, you will should be absolutely vaccinated,” stated Trudeau, noting that “testing will not be an choice earlier than boarding a practice or a flight” in Canada.

Trudeau stated there can be “extraordinarily slender exceptions, like a sound medical situation.”

“These journey measures, together with obligatory vaccination for federal staff, are a few of the strongest on this planet,” the prime minister stated.

“This is about maintaining folks protected on the job, and of their communities,” he added. “Because in relation to maintaining you and your loved ones protected, in relation to avoiding lockdowns for everybody, that is no time for half measures.”

All “federal public servants within the core public administration have to be absolutely vaccinated” by October 29, in accordance with Freeland.

“Members of the general public service who will not be absolutely vaccinated, or don’t disclose their vaccination standing by October 29, can be positioned on administrative depart with out pay as early as November 15,” Freeland stated.

The mandate will apply to a number of authorities entities, together with “Correctional Services of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, and plenty of different workplaces and businesses,” in accordance with Freeland.

Separately, Freeland stated, protection officers “will problem a directive mandating vaccination for the Canadian Armed Forces, and we’re working with employers in federally regulated workplaces.”

“We need to be sure that the Government of Canada units an instance, and establishes a vaccination coverage that protects everybody’s security,” Freeland stated.

“We additionally know that some components of Canada are immediately going through a really troublesome fourth wave of the virus and there are sectors of the economic system that proceed to wrestle,” Freeland stated.

Approximately 89% of eligible Canadians have obtained one Covid-19 vaccine dose and about 82% of eligible Canadians are absolutely inoculated, in accordance with Freeland.

“The overwhelming majority of Canadians have stepped up and accomplished the proper factor,” she stated.