Proof that you’ve rolled up your sleeves and been vaccinated for COVID-19 will soon be mandatory for all commercial air travellers, the federal government announced on Friday.
The new measures, expected to be in effect by the end of October at the latest, will also apply to passengers on interprovincial trains and large marine vessels with overnight accommodations, like cruise ships.
“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,” Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Friday.
For those who can’t be vaccinated for legitimate reasons, alternative measures such as “testing and screening” will be considered.
BREAKING: Federal government to require COVID vaccinations for commercial air passengers, & travelers on interprovincial rail & large marine vessels. Workers in federally regulated transport sector will also have to be vaccinated. Take effect no later than end of Oct #cdnpoli
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) August 13, 2021