TransLink says that all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must be able to provide proof of complete vaccination by November 29.
This policy applies to all employees of TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company, BC Rapid Transit Company and Transit Police, the company said in a statement Friday.
“We know that vaccination is our best shield against this virus and implementing this policy is an important new layer in protecting our employees and customers,” TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn said in a statement. “This decision comes at a critical time, as more people return to traffic. It is vital that we do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19. “
This move comes after other companies like WorkSafeBC and BC Hydro demanded vaccinations for all their employees.
LNG Canada also announced that it will require workers at the Kitimat, BC project site to be immunized by November 30.
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On Wednesday, Ottawa announced that members of the federal public service and the federally regulated transportation sector will need to be vaccinated, and on Tuesday, the government of British Columbia announced that the provincial public service will also do so.
Several major private sector employers, including Air Canada, have also implemented vaccine mandates.
TransLink said it will continue to work with employees and unions to better define its mandatory vaccination policy, including providing more information for the small number of employees who may be medically exempt.
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