Alberta says its 25,000 public sector employees will soon be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or routine negative tests.
Employees must be fully vaccinated by 30 November and, if not vaccinated after that date, must show paid negative tests at their own expense.
Public service chief Tim Grant says workers who refuse to comply will not be fired and will be placed on unpaid leave.
School boards will also be asked to implement a vaccine mandate for workers, including teachers.
Alberta is dealing with a COVID-19 crisis that has seen more than 1,000 new cases a day filling intensive care wards to nearly double their normal capacity.
Premier Jason Kenney says the province is finalizing an agreement to receive 10 medical workers from the Red Cross and more from Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.
Doctors have called for a rapid lockdown to stem the tide of COVID-19 patients, but Kenny says the government is waiting to see if the recently implemented health restrictions go further. act before taking action.
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