COVID-19 vaccine mandates are coming — whether Canadians want them or not – CBC

‘Patchwork’ system of vaccine mandates emerging in Canada as 4th wave takes off

Aug 14, 2021

Like it or not, COVID-19 vaccine mandates are coming to Canada.

Whether they’re government-ordered for certain jobs and activities, or implemented in a piecemeal way by the private sector, Canadians can expect to see more aspects of society require proof of vaccination in the weeks and months ahead.

And with a fourth wave underway in much of the country ahead of schools restarting and borders reopening to some fully vaccinated travellers next month, experts say now is the time to put vaccine mandates in place before another potential surge.

“They’re coming — one way or the other,” said Raywat Deonandan, a global health epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Ottawa.

“Do you want to do it while we are calm in the water? Or do you want to do it when the storm is raging around us?”

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