Canada’s Transport Minister made an announcement on Friday that affects air travelers, passengers on interprovincial trains or cruise ships in addition to all public servants.
You soon need to be vaccinated to utilize these services in Canada or be employed by the federal government.
Here’s an excerpt from the CBC:
Beyond the mandatory vaccination requirement for federal employees, Alghabra said, a similar mandate will be extended to “certain travellers.”
Starting soon, all commercial air travellers and passengers on interprovincial trains and large marine vessels with overnight accommodations (such as cruise ships) will have to be vaccinated, Alghabra said. He said accommodations will be made for “those few who are unable to be vaccinated,” such as testing and screening.
“Vaccine requirements in the transportation sector will help protect the safety of employees, their families, passengers, their communities and all Canadians. And more broadly, it will hasten Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Asked when these measures for travellers would take effect, Alghabra said the government is developing “a measured and practical approach to requiring vaccines in these sectors as quickly as possible.”
More than 80% has had the first shot, and 70%of the population is fully vaccinated.
The number of daily cases is again trending up, signaling the beginning of the fourth wave.
Daily deaths are staying low.
Canada’s vaccination rate is excellent, and this seems like a push by the federal government to get those who haven’t had the Covid-19 jab(s) past the finish line.
There are soon very few countries, if any, where non-vaccinated international travelers are welcomed. Better to get those shots at the earliest opportunity, a privilege that most of the world doesn’t have.