Unvaccinated CAF Soldiers Still Dismissed Despite Imminent End of Mandatory Vaccines

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have been discharged for violating the military’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, even after other federal employers suspended vaccine requirements, federal court records show. increase.

court records obtained by black rock reporterCpl. Shannon Jones, a weather engineer at Naval Forces Pacific Headquarters in Eskimalt, British Columbia, six weeks after the lifting of mandatory vaccines for about 300,000 federal employees and the RCMP on June 20. , indicated that he was dismissed for not being vaccinated against COVID.

Jones contested her dismissal on the grounds that her application for religious exemption from vaccines was not given fair consideration. She also said the military will probably stop its missions soon, given that many other federal employers are doing so.

“[Jones] Given changes to state Covid-19 protocols, we argue that it is inevitable that the directive will be changed to remove the vaccine mandate,” wrote Judge Angela Furlanetto. She disputes the manner in which religious immunity was considered.”

According to figures obtained on May 31, only 98 CAF members were granted religious exemption and 42 were granted medical exemption. of black rock.

“[Jones] “Her religious beliefs should be sufficient to satisfy her religious exemption,” the court wrote. It claims that

The court dismissed Jones’ appeal and ordered her to pay $3,200 in costs. Her dismissal adds to nearly 1,600 dismissals or reprimands within the CAF for members who failed to comply with COVID-19 vaccination mandates, according to May 31 figures.

However, a leaked copy of a new draft COVID-19 directive from the Department of Defense (CDS) Wayne Air, dated July 2022, suggests the CAF will drop vaccination requirements soon.

According to a draft obtained by The Epoch Times, the intent of the CDS is that “the requirement that all CAF members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be repealed as of this amendment date.” This document does not specify a modification date.

According to the draft, COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be a requirement for enrollment with CAF. In addition, CAF members who were previously dismissed for non-compliance with vaccination requirements may apply for re-registration.

For military personnel undergoing “recorded warning and/or counseling and probation” processes resulting from non-compliance with vaccine requirements, those processes will end when the new directive takes effect, according to the draft.

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Peter Wilson is a reporter based in Ontario, Canada.