Sunwing is requiring all new and existing employees across all Canadian divisions be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the company said on Thursday (Sept. 2).
The new policy aligns with the Government of Canada’s recent announcement that it intends to require vaccination across all federally regulated industries later this fall.
Employees will have until Sept. 13, 2021 to provide proof of their full vaccination status or their intention to vaccinate.
For employees who are not yet vaccinated and plan to get vaccinated, they will also be required to provide proof of their full vaccination status no later than October 18, 2021.
“The health and safety of our employees and customers is our top priority at Sunwing,” said Stephen Hunter, CEO of Sunwing Travel Group. “Vaccinations are proven to be the most effective tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting broader public health. As a Canadian company, we want to continue to do our part to help end this pandemic, protect our families and those vacationing with us, and to support the travel industry’s full recovery.”
The policy will apply to employees across all Canadian divisions, including those who will be working from home on a part time or full time basis, as per vaccination guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada for the entire population.
"Accommodations will be made for those with qualifying medical or religious exemptions," Sunwing said.
The update follows other recent announcements made by Canadian airlines.
Air Canada, on Aug. 25, made it mandatory for all employees of the airline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to report their vaccination status as of October 30, 2021.
In addition, the airline is making full vaccination a condition of employment for any individual hired by the company.
Porter Airlines has also announced a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, which states that team members must be fully vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the start of their shift.