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Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for All Air Canada Employees & New Hires

Stockhouse Editorial
1 Comment| August 25, 2021

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Air Canada Inc. (TSX: AC, Forum) now requires all of its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as the fast-spreading Delta variant drives an increase in infections.

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

Workers who are not vaccinated by Oct. 30th 2021 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.

Via a news release on Wednesday, AC also noted that it was among the first airlines to require pre-boarding temperature screening of customers, obligatory onboard mask-wearing policies and the use of testing.

Earlier that same day, Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL, Forum) 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.

Does this move affect your travel plans or investments? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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