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Travelers wait in the international departures area at Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia, Canada. Photo: Jennifer Gauthier/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Canadian government announced Friday that air travelers, passengers on interprovincial trains and cruise ship passengers will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Driving the news: "As soon as possible in the Fall and no later than the end of October, the Government of Canada will require employees in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated," per the statement announcing the government's decision.

  • "The vaccination requirement will also extend to certain travelers. This includes all commercial air travelers."
  • Federal public servants in Canada are also mandated to get the vaccine, per AP.
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The big picture: The announcement comes as airlines across the United States vary in their approach to requiring employees and passengers to be vaccinated or not.

  • United Airlines said this month that all 67,000 of its U.S. employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 25 or risk being fired.
  • Meanwhile, American Airlines said it will offer incentives for employees to get vaccinated but will likely not impose mandates on either employees or customers.

Go deeper: United becomes first major U.S. airline to mandate vaccines for employees

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Oct 22, 2021 - Health

CDC director: U.S. may change definition of "fully vaccinated" as boosters roll out

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday the U.S. "may need to update" its definition for what it means to have full vaccination against COVID.

The big picture: The CDC and the FDA have officially approved boosters with every authorized vaccine in the U.S. for people who meet specific requirements. Walensky explained that since not everyone is eligible for a booster, the definition has not been changed "yet."

Oct 20, 2021 - Health

White House unveils plan to "quickly" vaccinate kids ages 5–11

Charles Muro, 13, is inoculated at Hartford Healthcare's mass vaccination center at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11, pending authorization from the FDA of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, and tens of thousands of pharmacies to administer the shots.

Piedmont Airlines flight attendants vote to authorize strike

Unionized flight attendants for American Eagle carrier Piedmont Airlines protest outside Philadelphia International Airport. Photo courtesy of Natalie Sowinski/Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO

Flight attendants for an American Airlines subsidiary with a base in Philadelphia voted to authorize a strike Thursday.

Driving the news: Members of the union representing flight attendants for American Eagle carrier Piedmont Airlines picketed outside Philadelphia Airport (PHL) following the vote, according to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.

Why it matters: AFA's strike strategy "could affect the entire system or a single flight," the union said in a news release.

  • "Even the disruption of a few flights could threaten operations across the American Airlines Group system," AFA said.