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As has been the case since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health, safety and well-being of all parliamentary personnel remains of paramount importance to the Senate.

Accordingly, in consultation with the leaders and facilitators of all recognized parties and parliamentary groups, effective Monday, November 22, 2021, all senators must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in Senate proceedings in person.

Those who have a medical exemption will have the option of providing proof of a recent negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result.

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (CIBA) will be meeting soon to discuss the implementation of a vaccine policy for all staff.

For the safety and security of all Senate personnel, senators and staff are asked to be mindful of all recommendations from public health authorities in order to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the work environment.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in this regard.

 

The Honourable George J. Furey, Q.C.
Speaker of the Senate

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