With case counts continuing to rise and the virus continues to change, provinces across the country are opting for a proof-of-vaccination certificate program, also known as vaccine passports, to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and encourage everyone eligible to get vaccinated.

Ontario and Nova Scotia become the fourth and fifth provinces, respectively, requiring proof-of-vaccination for high-risk settings, following in the steps of Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba. Last week, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey said his province would be implementing a vaccine passport while the Government of Nunavut said that any vaccine passports would happen at the federal and territorial elections.

IUOE Local 793 supports the proof-of-vaccination certificate program and adheres to the advice of doctors and scientists that say vaccination remains the best defence against the virus.

Everything that can be done to potentially reduce the COVID-19 infection should be done.

Widespread vaccination and a once on-target provincial reopening plan had your Union looking ahead to holding the Fall General Membership meeting in September. But with the announcement of vaccine certificates and in line with provincial policies that are focused on higher-risk settings such as banquet halls, a decision was made to postpone the meeting.

Business Manager Mike Gallagher and the Local 793 Trustees will continue to review the situation and determine a safe time to reschedule the General Membership meeting.

The health and safety of Local 793 members remain the Union’s top priority.

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