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Proof of vaccination now mandatory to board VIA Rail train

Proof of vaccination now mandatory to board VIA Rail train.
Proof of vaccination now mandatory to board VIA Rail train.
Written by Harry Johnson

The implementation of this mandatory vaccination policy, in line with directives from the Government of Canada, will provide an added layer of protection against COVID-19, and make the trains safer, so that the passengers can continue to travel with confidence.

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  • October 30 – Passengers 12-years and older boarding VIA trains must show proof of vaccination or valid COVID-19 molecular test.
  • November 30 – Passengers 12-years and older boarding VIA trains must show proof of full vaccination (COVID-19 molecular tests no longer accepted).
  • In line with the Government of Canada’s requirements, VIA Rail also developed a mandatory vaccination policy for its employees.

VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) is unveiling its mandatory vaccination policy in line with the regulations outlined today by Transport Canada. Via Rail’s comprehensive vaccination policy will require everyone 12-years of age and older on board our trains to show proof of vaccination as of October 30.

To allow passengers time to become fully vaccinated, there will be a one-month transition period during which passengers will be able to travel if they show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel time. This transition period will end on November 30, after which all passengers must be fully vaccinated in order to board our trains.

Key Dates:

  • October 30 – Passengers 12-years and older boarding VIA trains must show proof of vaccination or valid COVID-19 molecular test.
  • November 30 – Passengers 12-years and older boarding VIA trains must show proof of full vaccination (COVID-19 molecular tests no longer accepted).

“Protecting the health and safety of our people, our passengers and the public is more than just a main priority, it is a core value deeply rooted in VIA Rail‘s culture and a responsibility that we all share,” said Cynthia Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The implementation of this mandatory vaccination policy, in line with directives from the Government of Canada, will provide an added layer of protection against COVID-19, and make our trains safer, so that our passengers can continue to travel with confidence.”

In line with the Government of Canada‘s requirements, VIA Rail also developed a mandatory vaccination policy for its employees. Those who have not begun their vaccination process by November 15 will be placed on administrative leave.

Even with these stringent vaccination policies in place on board our trains, all other existing measures implemented by VIA Rail in response to COVID 19 remain in effect. Those include, amongst others, the requirement to wear a mask on our trains, and a pre-boarding health check for every passenger.

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for almost 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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