President of the Treasury Board urges all eligible federal public servants to get vaccinated against COVID-19
May 6, 2021 - Defence Stories
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board, has made the following statement:
“Over the last year, public servants have gone above and beyond in countless ways to ensure Canadians continue to have access to the programs and services they rely on. I would like to thank all public servants for their efforts and their dedication during this difficult time.
The physical and psychological health and safety of employees remains an absolute priority for the Government of Canada. As jurisdictions work to open up vaccine eligibility to more Canadians in the coming weeks, I encourage all public servants, who are able to, to get vaccinated when their turn comes.
Vaccines save lives. Canada has authorized only COVID-19 vaccines that are proven to be safe, effective, and high quality. I recently got my shot and urge all public servants, who are able to, to get theirs as soon as they can according to the plan in the province or territory in which they reside.
I would also like to remind those who work in the core public administration that, if they need it, they have access to up to a half a day of paid leave in order to get vaccinated during work hours. Once vaccinated, we all need to keep up the other health measures we know are still important – keeping our distance, washing our hands and wearing proper fitting masks.
We are almost there. Keep up the good work. For more information on Canada’s vaccination roll-out efforts, please visit Canada.ca.”
- The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan details the commitment to offer vaccines to everyone in Canada, highlighting principles such as science-based decision making, transparency, and fairness
- Vaccination program planning and delivery are ultimately provincial and territorial responsibilities, and like most people in Canada, the vast majority of federal employees will be vaccinated according to the plan in the province or territory in which they reside.
- For public service employees who secure an appointment for the vaccine during the work day, leave with pay for medical/dental appointments should be used. Employees do not need to use their sick leave.
- These appointments are not captured in DND’s system but up to a half day is granted with pay – notification to management can be done via email, phone call, meeting, etc. per the unit’s usual practice.
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