As the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the public service reaches 4,581 and continues to climb week to week, the President of the Treasury Board wrote a letter to all public servants, urging them to get vaccinated.
“Over the last year, public servants have gone above and beyond in countless ways to ensure Canadians continue to have access to the programs and services they rely on. I would like to thank all public servants for their efforts and their dedication during this difficult time.
The physical and psychological health and safety of employees remains an absolute priority for the Government of Canada. As jurisdictions work to open up vaccine eligibility to more Canadians in the coming weeks, I encourage all public servants, who are able to, to get vaccinated when their turn comes.
Vaccines save lives. Canada has authorized only COVID-19 vaccines that are proven to be safe, effective, and high quality. I recently got my shot and urge all public servants, who are able to, to get theirs as soon as they can according to the plan in the province or territory in which they reside.
I would also like to remind those who work in the core public administration that, if they need it, they have access to up to a half a day of paid leave in order to get vaccinated during work hours. Once vaccinated, we all need to keep up the other health measures we know are still important – keeping our distance, washing our hands and wearing proper fitting masks.
We are almost there. Keep up the good work.”– Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board, May 4, 2021