NDP aims to boost COVID-19 vaccine uptake, curb violence against healthcare workers

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OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party is ready to immediately tackle the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with a plan to increase vaccination rates.

The party's plan is aimed at improving vaccine uptake in remote areas of Canada and within vaccine-hesitant groups.

He says the party would put up $1 billion as a part of the strategy to remove barriers preventing the unvaccinated from getting a jab.

He also says he's campaigning on the safety of the country's health care workers and has called for changes to the Criminal Code to protect people in the sector.

His proposed changes to the law would make it an aggravating offense to impede or assault a healthcare worker in the course of their duties.

This comes after several protests against proof-of-vaccination measures were held outside hospitals across Canada over the past week.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 5, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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