Air Canada Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination for All Employees

By Reuters
August 26Vaccinesshare
Air Canada Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination for All Employees
Air Canada signage is pictured at Vancouver's international airport in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, Feb. 5, 2019. (Reuters/Ben Nelms)

Air Canada said on Wednesday it would require all employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as the fast-spreading Delta variant drives an increase in infections.

The move by Canada’s largest carrier was in line with a government mandate that workers in the transportation sector be vaccinated by the end of October and follows similar moves by other major companies, including United Airlines.

Workers who are not vaccinated by Oct. 30 will face termination or be sent on unpaid leave, Air Canada said. It has also made full vaccination a condition of employment for new employees.

However, the carrier will accommodate workers who cannot be vaccinated for reasons such as medical conditions.

Earlier in the day, Delta Air Lines said employees will have to pay $200 more every month for their company-sponsored healthcare plan if they choose to not vaccinate against COVID-19.

By Sahil Shaw