Op VECTOR (CAF support to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines)



How will the Canadian Armed Forces support vaccine delivery under Op VECTOR?

  • The Canadian Armed Forces continues to support the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and protect Canadians.
  • Operation VECTOR is the Canadian Armed Forces contribution to supporting vaccine distribution across Canada.
  • This will complement federal, provincial, territorial, and local resources with well-trained military personnel, logistics, and specialized equipment.
  • For example, National Defence stands ready to support the Government by:
    • Providing transportation and logistics to bring vaccines to Canada and distribute them domestically;
    • Transporting medical equipment and health care professionals to remote communities; and,
    • Providing warehousing, distribution, and immunization facilities with logistical staff.
  • The Canadian Armed Forces has also deployed planners to assist Public Health with logistics and planning for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Canadian Armed Forces is also providing planning assistance to Indigenous Services Canada for the vaccine roll-out to Indigenous communities.
  • National Defence will continue to work with whole-of-government partners to ensure safe and effective vaccine roll-out.

Quick Facts

  • November 27, 2020: CDS issues Operation Planning Directive announcing Operation VECTOR – the CAF support to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • November 27, 2020: Major-General Dany Fortin is seconded to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and named Vice President Logistics and Operations at PHAC.
    • Brigadier-General Simon Bernard and Brigadier-General Krista Brodie, and additional CAF personnel, are currently seconded to PHAC as part of this team as well.
  • December 12 – 15, 2020: the Royal Canadian Air Force delivered five medical-grade low-temperature freezers to two Northern territories.
  • January 14 – 17, 2021: CAF activated 5 Canadian Rangers in Nain, Newfoundland to assist with transporting vulnerable persons to vaccination clinics.
  • January 20, 2021: CAF will activate 5 Canadian Rangers in Watson Lake, Yukon to assist the Yukon Vaccine Rollout Team with the teardown of a vaccination site upon completions of its use.
  • CAF planners are also operating alongside Indigenous Services Canada to ensure vaccines are administered in a timely manner to Indigenous communities.
  • The Canadian Armed Forces now has Liaison Officers embedded with Public Health Agency Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, and Public Safety Canada.
  • Additional support has been mobilized for the Vaccine Rollout Task Force and the PHAC National Emergency Strategic Supply depots.
  • Cost of Operation VECTOR: National Defence tracks the costs of the operation as they unfold and weighs them against any savings and only seeks reimbursement for the delta, similar to Operation LASER.

Responsible Principals: Strategic Joint Staff, Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs) January 19, 2020

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