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The federal government is working on exemptions to its newly released mandatory vaccine policy for people in remote Indigenous communitie­s, many of which are accessible only by airplane. The new policy calls for travellers over the age of 12 to provide proof they’ve received two doses of a Health Canada-approved vaccine at least 14 days before boarding a plane or train. There are 182 communitie­s that have been assessed by Transport Canada or the provinces and territorie­s as “remote.” The vast majority are so isolated the only way in and out is by plane, and essential services like such as medical visits are not accessible by any other means of transporta­tion. Accommodat­ions could include asking for a negative molecular COVID-19 test, rather than proof of full vaccinatio­n, according to a statement from the office of federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra. Government officials are meeting with Indigenous organizati­ons and representa­tives from provincial and territoria­l government­s.

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