Canada looks forward to boosting its vaccination

Published on : Monday, August 16, 2021

With a surge in new cases caused by the highly communicable Delta variant, Canada looks to boost its existing vaccination driven. The country already stands in a leading position globally. It will soon require vaccinating all its federal public servants and other workers against Covid-19.

In a statement given by the minister of intergovernmental affairs, Dominic LeBlanc, the vaccine requirement for public servants will be primed by October end. He expects the state governed corporations and other federally regulated employees to follow suit.

In a news conference, LeBlanc said that testing and other measures will be set up for those who cannot get their jabs on medical grounds.

Transport minister, Omar Alghabra said that the workers and certain passengers of the national air, rail and marine transportation sectors will need prompt vaccination.

Air Canada and Westjet, the two largest carriers of Canada both welcomed the vaccine directive for the workers. It came just two days prior to an election called by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

With Conservatives labelling it as contravene the vaccination mandate could prove to be a wedge issue in the campaign.

A majority of Canadian voters support a proof of vaccination system although it is less popular among the Conservative voters. They are the ones who have a lesser possibility of getting their vaccine doses than those who support the Liberals.
Erin O Toole, spokesperson for Trudeau’s chief rival and Conservative leader called vaccines the most potent tool to fight against the deadly virus.

Conservatives, however, support Canadian’s right to determine their own health choices and expect reasonable measures such as RAT for those who are not vaccinated.

Canada is also planning a vaccine passport for international travellers. With over 82% of people having one jab and about 71% fully vaccinated Canada has one of the world’s best vaccination rates.

Still, new cases have doubled in the last two weeks amidst a Delta-driven fourth wave.

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