RCMP says it’s ready to deploy reservists to replace unvaccinated Mounties on leave – CBC

The deadline for public servants to declare their vaccination status is today

Oct 29, 2021

The RCMP says it’s ready to turn to reservists if it has to put serving Mounties who refuse to get vaccinated on leave due to the federal government’s mandatory vaccination policy.

Today is the deadline for most public servants — including members of the RCMP — to confirm that they are fully vaccinated. Those who refuse to disclose their status or are not fully vaccinated will be placed on administrative leave without pay as soon as Nov. 15.

“If a regular member is unwilling to be vaccinated and is placed on leave, the RCMP will take steps to ensure Canadians’ safety is not impacted by deploying vaccinated regular members and reservists as required,” said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Caroline Duval earlier this week.

The RCMP reserve program hires retired or former police officers to fill temporary vacancies for members who are on leave, to cover special events and to help out regular members during emergencies.

The force won’t say yet how many members have declared their status, or how many have indicated they won’t get vaccinated.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rcmp-reservists-vaccinations-mandate-1.6227043

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