November 22, 2021
Lawyers for 201 federal employees are in Federal Court on Monday challenging government orders to reveal their vaccination status, says Blacklock’s Reporter.
No federal judge has yet ruled on whether the November 15 order from the Treasury Board is constitutional.
“They refuse to be vaccinated for reasons that vary,” wrote Justice Simon Fothergill.
The Treasury Board required some 280,000 employees in “core administration” to prove they had COVID-19 shots or request an exemption for medical or religious reasons. About 98%, a total of 271,321 affected workers, are vaccinated. The board counted 1.6% or 4,662 who requested waivers, refused a vaccine or would not disclose their medical history on privacy grounds.
“The vaccination policy does not permit mandatory testing as an alternative to those who simply do not wish to be vaccinated or who do not consent to disclosing their vaccination status to their employers,” wrote Fothergill.
The 201 plaintiffs unsuccessfully sought an injunction suspending enforcement of the policy until the Federal Court could rule on its constitutionality.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc first announced the vaccine program for federal employees August 13 without detailing enforcement measures.
“What will happen to federal employees who choose not to be vaccinated?” asked a reporter.
“We’re not focused on those questions,” replied LeBlanc.
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