Canada is likely to drop vaccination requirements for people entering the country by the end of September, an official familiar with the matter told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Canada, like the United States, requires foreigners to be vaccinated upon entering the country. It is not immediately known whether the US will make a similar move by September 30.
Unvaccinated travelers allowed to enter Canada are currently subject to mandatory arrival testing and a 14-day quarantine.
The official said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must give final approval, but the government will likely drop the requirement and end random testing of COVID-19 at airports. There’s also no need to fill in information in the unpopular ArriveCan app.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Unvaccinated professional athletes, such as major league baseball players, are likely to play in the playoffs in Toronto if the Blue Jays make it through the postseason. You are currently not allowed to cross the border into Canada.
When new populist conservative leader Pierre Poilievre was named party leader in Ottawa this month, the biggest applause from supporters came when he said he was getting rid of the ArriveCan app.
Andrew Morris, an infectious disease specialist at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and a professor at the University of Toronto School of Medicine, said vaccination should have been stopped long ago.
“Zero use to make sure people get vaccinated. It doesn’t support cases or variants,” he said.
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