Aug. 26, 2021, 10:12 a.m. EDT

Air Canada Mandates COVID-19 Vaccines For Employees

Aug 26, 2021 ( via COMTEX) -- Air Canada (TSE:CA:AC) has mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees as the fast-spreading Delta variant raises infection levels across the country.

The move by Canada's largest airline is in line with a federal government mandate that workers in the transportation sector be fully vaccinated by the end of October and follows similar moves by other major companies, including United Airlines in the U.S.

Air Canada staff who are not vaccinated by October 30 will face termination or be sent on unpaid leave, the airline said in a news release. The carrier has also made full vaccination a condition of employment for all new employees.

However, Air Canada said it will accommodate workers who cannot be vaccinated for reasons such as underlying medical conditions.

At the same time that Air Canada issued its vaccination mandate, U.S.-based Delta Air Lines (NYS:DAL) said its employees will have to pay $200 U.S. more each month for their company-sponsored healthcare plan if they choose to not get vaccinated against COVID-19.


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