Digital Desk, Ottawa. The Canadian government on Wednesday announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal employees and travelers 12 years of age and older. Xinhua News cited an announcement that all federal employees in the core public administration should be fully vaccinated by October 29.
The announcement states that those who are not fully vaccinated or do not disclose their vaccination status by that date will be placed on administrative leave without pay. The government also said that all passengers 12 or older must be fully vaccinated by the end of October to board planes, trains or seaplanes in Canada.
According to senior officials, about 88 percent of eligible Canadians have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and about 82 percent of eligible Canadians are fully vaccinated. Data from Canadian media outlets showed that as of Wednesday afternoon, Canada reported 1,007 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total to 1,644,481, including 28,068 deaths.