Federal Vaccination Mandate Update

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Details on Canada’s mandatory vaccination policy in the transportation sector that take effect October 30th were released earlier today. While employees and travellers in federally regulated transportation sectors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, exemptions are expected to remain in place for international seafarers. An update to Transport Canada’s Ship Safety Bulletin on the mobility of asymptomatic seafarers will be released on Monday.  It is expected to confirm that seafarers departing Canada must be fully vaccinated or provide results of a COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test dated within 72 hours of the scheduled departure from Canada.  Unrestricted shore leave will be extended to those seafarers that are fully vaccinated. Indications are that access to the single-dose, J&J vaccine, will be made available to provinces in mid-November.

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