Update on COVID-19 vaccination for RCAF members

News Article / April 22, 2021

Royal Canadian Air Force Command Team

Across the country, clinics are now beginning to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to RCAF members based on medical and operational priorities. This will be a rapid roll-out, during which it is expected that every eligible member of the RCAF in Canada will be offered their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine through their supporting Wing or Base clinic by mid-May. Your patience is beginning to pay off. By getting vaccinated, we can greatly reduce serious illness and deaths related to the infection and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our workplace and communities.

The vaccine will help keep you and your families healthy, keep us operationally ready to perform our core tasks during a time of great need, help protect vulnerable Canadians, and reduce the burden on our health-care system.

As conveyed by the Canadian Armed Forces Surgeon General in his address on April 7, 2021, vaccination is voluntary, and is a personal choice that the vast majority of Canadians agree is a good health decision and important for preventing the further spread of this deadly virus.

Canada has a rigorous system in place to ensure the vaccines are safe and effective in preventing disease before they are approved for use. Once a vaccine is being administered, health authorities continue to monitor its delivery to ensure the highest standards of safety and effectiveness. For more information about Health Canada –approved COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the Government of Canada’s Vaccines for COVID-19 webpage.

Public Service employees, reservists not covered by Canadian Forces Health Services, Canadian Rangers and members of the Cadet Instructor Cadre are strongly encouraged to receive their vaccinations through their provincial or territorial health department or public health authority.

CWO Gaudreault and I will be getting our vaccine, and we encourage you to do the same when your turn comes. Nothing about the pandemic has been easy, so let’s keep our guard up, get vaccinated and continue to respect Public Health Measures.

 

Lieutenant-General A.D. Meinzinger
Commander Royal Canadian Air Force

Chief Warrant Officer J.R.D. Gaudreault
Royal Canadian Air Force Chief Warrant Officer

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