Soldiers fighting military’s vaccine mandate bring challenge to Federal Court – CBC

Members who refuse vaccination face possible dismissal from the military

Dec 15, 2021

The Federal Court heard arguments Wednesday from four Canadian Armed Forces members facing disciplinary action for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Chief of the defence staff Gen. Wayne Eyre ordered all Armed Forces members to be vaccinated by the end of November; those who do not will face remedial measures, including the prospect of dismissal from the military. That deadline has since been extended to Dec. 18.

The order follows a similar requirement for all federal public servants. Eyre has also said his order is intended to protect the military during the pandemic.

In sworn affidavits, the four service members challenging the order say they are opposed to getting the vaccine for different reasons, including concerns about its long-term safety and religious grounds.

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