Air Canada has suspended more than 800 workers from employment and pay for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 under new state rules requiring immunity for federal and common transportation employees.

The company has explained in the Canadian press that the vast majority of its 27,000 cabin crew, customer service agents and other employees did receive both injections, to a 96% immunization rate.

Employees who are not vaccinated or who do not have medical proof have been suspended from employment and pay.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in October that federally regulated air, rail and shipping companies would be required to establish mandatory vaccination policies for their employees.

Mass transit commuters and all other federal workers are also required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

On the other hand, a total of 51 people at Cambridge Memorial Hospital are out of work for choosing not to be vaccinated or being unwilling to show proof that they had been.

“Vaccines are the most effective tool against COVID-19, and countless Canadians, including many public servants, have already done their part and gotten vaccinated. But no one is safe until everyone is safe. We have enough doses in Canada for everyone to be fully vaccinated across the country, so I encourage all Canadians who have not been vaccinated to book their vaccine today. Together, we will finish the fight against covid-19,” said Trudeau.

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