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Army launches formal procedure for unvaccinated troops

OTTAWA — The Department of National Defense says formal charges have been launched against more than 900 members of the Canadian Armed Forces for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Chief of Defense Staff General Wayne Eyre ordered all service members to certify that they had been fully vaccinated by mid-October. The deadline was later extended to mid-December.

Defense Ministry spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said reviews were launched against 100 members of the Armed Forces in late December for repeatedly refusing to get their shots.

Another 800 have received warnings, orders to follow advice and other corrective measures, and could also be forced to hang up their uniforms if they do not get vaccinated.

Le Bouthillier says 44 full-time members of the Armed Forces volunteered to leave the military rather than get stung, along with an unknown number of part-time reservists.

Last month, the Federal Court dismissed a request by several members of the Armed Forces to stop the military from forcing them to get vaccinated, the latest in a series of legal defeats for federal government employees fighting the vaccine requirements.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 14, 2022.

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