COVID-19 Spring Posture Directive - What’s new for the Defence Team

April 8, 2021 - Defence Stories

To continue to provide the Defence Team the most up-to-date information possible regarding the current COVID-19 work environment, the DM and Acting CDS have released a new directive for CAF/DND Activities in the COVID-19 Environment (Spring 2021 Posture).

What’s new since the Fall Directive?

Vaccine Roll Out

Travel Restrictions

Below is an overview of the current state of travel restrictions for CAF members. Please read sections 15.m-n of the directive for specifics, exceptions, and limitations.

Authorized:

Not Authorized:

Op VECTOR

Since starting in December 2020, Op VECTOR has been providing CAF logistics and delivery support to the Canadian COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. It also provides direction for the internal CAF COVID-19 immunization campaign, which began in January.

Through Op VECTOR and Op LASER (the CAF’s response to the worldwide pandemic), we continue to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic on a federal, provincial, and territorial level. As we move towards warmer weather, we anticipate receiving requests to help with national emergencies like flooding, as well as more Op VECTOR- and Op LASER-specific Requests for Assistance (RFAs).

What is not new in this Spring Directive

DND/CAF will continue to provide and support combat-effective, multi-purpose forces to protect Canada and Canadians at home and abroad, while remaining prepared to respond domestically to any COVID-19 resurgence. Remote work continues to be prioritized, where possible and local commanders and chains of command will continue to adjust operations according to local restrictions and conditions. Additionally, following public health measures (PHMs) is still our best defence against COVID-19. Please continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and stay 2m apart.

As we see vaccination efforts roll out across the country, there is hope on the horizon. However, the challenge of preserving our operational effectiveness under the threat of the COVID-19 virus remains, and is not an easy task. Add in the very real burden of “pandemic fatigue,” and the task becomes an even more difficult one.

As members of the Defence Team, we must maintain the ability to function safely in a COVID-19 threat environment by following Defence Team updates and important public health direction. Our collective efforts will ensure that we can continue to protect Canadians and defend Canada.

For more information, please visit the Resuming work website.

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