Following Air Canada’s recent announcement making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all employees and future hires, the WestJet Group has released their policy moving forward.

See more: Air Canada to require all employees and new hires to be fully vaccinated

As of October 30th, full vaccination status will be a requirement of employment for all employees and future employees of the WestJet Group. 

Employees who are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (through medical or other exemption) will be evaluated and accommodated. 

Employees who do not provide their vaccination status by September 24th or their full vaccination status by October 30th will face unpaid leave or termination of employment by the company. This does not include said employees who are exempt.

Following vaccine mandates, WestJet will not be providing employees with regular testing as an alternative to vaccination. 

“Protecting the health and safety of our guests and employees remains our number one priority and vaccinations are our best line of defense,” said Mark Porter, WestJet Executive Vice-President of People, 

“Aviation has been one of the hardest hit industries and we believe requiring all WestJet Group employees to be vaccinated is the right thing to do and ensures the safest travel and work environment for everyone in WestJet’s world.”

The airline’s announcement falls under the Government of Canada’s mandate for employees in all the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated by the end of October.

Air Canada announced their mandatory vaccination policy in August.

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