Agnico Eagle announces vaccination requirement at its worksites
Mandate to be in effect starting Oct. 15
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. will require everybody at its worksites to be vaccinated starting next month.
The mining company made the announcement in a news release Thursday evening.
The vaccine mandate will apply to the Hope Bay and Meliadine mines, the Meadowbank site, CTMN in Val-d’Or, Que., Agnico Eagle offices in Mirabel, Que., and Cambridge Bay, and on Nolinor, Calm Air and Summit Air flights.
It will affect all employees, contractors, visitors and guests at these sites.
Agnico Eagle is requiring these people to have at least a first dose by Oct. 15 and a second dose by Nov. 15.
The company says this new measure is in response to the rise of highly contagious variants of COVID-19, including the Delta variant. These variants are contributing to a rise in cases across the country, which is widely considered to be signalling a fourth wave of the pandemic.
“The majority of COVID-19 infections and deaths in Canada are now occurring among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals,” states the release, citing the Public Health Agency of Canada.
“In fact, the rate of new COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated individuals is 11 times higher than among fully vaccinated individuals.”
The release states the vaccination mandate is in addition to all preventative measures the company has in place, including mandatory testing.