Porter Airlines has announced a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for its team members to support a safe and healthy workplace for employees and passengers.
Aligning with Porter’s restart of service on September 8, 2021, team members must be fully vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the start of their shift.
The update follows a recent announcement made by federal officials regarding Ottawa's intentions to mandate vaccinations for federally-regulated employers, workers and all air/train/cruise travellers.
Once specific requirements from the government are known, "the policy may evolve," Porter said in a statement on Wednesday (Aug. 18).
“We have a responsibility to ensure a safe workplace. With vaccines readily available for everyone in Canada and the U.S., and their proven effectiveness, requiring vaccination or regular testing is a critical measure to protect the health of our team members,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “We are providing a testing option to ensure that personal circumstances are accommodated.”
The effectiveness of vaccines is shown to be consistently at 95 per cent or greater in reducing severe illness and death, Porter noted. They are also highly effective in protecting against infection.
“This policy is another layer of reassurance for our passengers. In addition to our Healthy Flights program, now every team member passengers come in contact with will either be fully vaccinated or recently tested. Working and flying with Porter will be a safer experience for everyone,” added Deluce.
Porter said it also supports the government’s plan to require full vaccination for all air travellers.
The airline is resuming service to select Canadian destinations on Sept 8.
Porter, next year, will extend its service to destinations throughout North America with the introduction of up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft into its fleet.
The planes have transcontinental range and will enter into service with Porter starting in the second half of 2022.
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