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‘It is our opinion that this vaccine mandate is unconstitutional,’ says letter to AHS president

A group of Alberta first responders is threatening to take Alberta Health Services to court over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for frontline health-care workers, arguing that it’s unconstitutional.

At the end of August, AHS announced that it would require all employees and contracted health-care providers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October.

AHS employees unable to be vaccinated due to a medical reason or a protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be “reasonably accommodated,” said a release at the time.

Now a group of firefighters, paramedics and other workers calling itself Fight For The Frontline has hired an Airdrie law firm to make its case that the vaccine mandate violates Canada’s constitution.

Tim Moen, a firefighter-paramedic working outside of Edmonton and a spokesperson for the group, told CBC News they are fighting the policy on behalf of fellow frontline workers who have medical conditions or other reasons for not getting the shot.

“I see many of my colleagues being threatened with suspension and even job loss,” he said.