Canada ends vaccination mandates for domestic travel effective June 20

The federal government of Canada announced today that it will suspend vaccination mandates for passengers traveling by plane or train in the county as of June 20. Unvaccinated Canadians have not been able to travel domestically since November 2021, when the government introduced rules prohibiting unvaccinated Canadians from flying or traveling by train within county borders.

Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc told reporters that although some Covid warrants were suspended, the government would bring them back if the situation deteriorated. “If the situation worsens, we are prepared to reinstate the policies necessary to protect Canadians. We have no regrets at all for being cautious in the face of a virus that has tragically killed tens of thousands of Canadians and millions around the world. He went on to say that “Throughout this pandemic, our government’s approach has been rooted in close collaboration with our provincial and territorial partners. We all have a role to play in keeping Canadians safe. Our government will continue to make decisions based on the best public health advice and adjust its measures accordingly. »

In a press release, the government said: Following a successful vaccination campaign, 32 million (or nearly 90%) of eligible Canadians have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and the number of cases has declined. Canadians have stepped up to protect themselves and those around them, and hospitalization and death rates are also falling across the country, and Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.

Immunization continues to be one of the most effective tools to protect Canadians, including young Canadians, our health care system and our economy. Everyone in Canada should keep up to date with recommended vaccines for Covid-19, including booster doses to prepare for the fall. The Government of Canada will continue to work with provinces and territories to help even more Canadians get the vaccines for which they are eligible.

Throughout the pandemic, the Government of Canada’s response has relied on expert advice as well as sound science and research. As the Covid-19 pandemic has evolved, so have public health measures and advice, which include vaccination requirements that were always meant to be a temporary measure.

Other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, continue to apply and will be applied throughout a traveler’s journey by plane or train. The press release also notes that “due to the unique nature of cruise ship travel, vaccination requirements for cruise ship passengers and crew will remain in effect.”

Current border measures, including the existing vaccination requirement for most foreign nationals to enter Canada, and quarantine and testing requirements for Canadians who have not received their primary vaccine series, remain in effect. when they return to Canada.

“The mandatory vaccination requirement has successfully mitigated the full impact of Covid-19 for travelers and transport workers and provided broader protection for our communities. The suspension of this requirement is possible thanks to the tens of millions of Canadians who did the right thing: they stepped up, rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated. This measure will support Canada’s transportation system as we recover from the pandemic,” said Omar Alghabra, Canada’s Minister of Transport.

The suspension of the mandate comes at a time when the government is under increasing pressure from the travel industry and some opposition parties to remove public health mandates which have been blamed for flight delays and disruptions. at airports.

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