Thursday, September 29, 2022

No exemptions for rare medical conditions in B.C.’s new proof-of-vaccination regime, Henry says

British Columbians eager to return to a normal social and economic life will soon face one of the most stringent proof-of-vaccination systems in Canada, and no exemptions for those with rare medical conditions.

In a press conference on Monday, B.C. Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry said tougher measures were being introduced to get the province “through the riskiest times” of increased COVID-19 cases, and No exemption will be given without vaccination.

“If there are rare people who have a medical reason they can’t be vaccinated—these are discretionary events we’re talking about, so they may not be able to attend those events during this period of high risk. There is no exemption for other reasons also,” Henry told reporters.

Henry said the proof of vaccination, called the BC Vaccine Card, would not apply to faith-based services or essential services such as health care, retail and grocery stores.

Starting September 13, BC residents will be required to show a vaccine card as proof that they have been vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to access certain “non-essential” locations or designated services. By October 24, they must be fully vaccinated with a second dose to gain access.

British Columbians aged 12 and over must show proof of vaccination at venues including concerts, restaurants, nightclubs and casinos, theaters, gyms and other recreational facilities, high-intensity fitness centers, and indoor organized gatherings such as weddings, parties . conferences, and workshops.

Henry said children under 12, who are not eligible for vaccination, can participate in sporting events and other non-discretionary activities if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

She also said that the B.C. government would ensure that the vaccine card system is compatible with the proof of vaccination system in other provinces. The province is also working with the federal government to align its systems with the ArivaCan application that is now used by international travelers as proof of vaccination.

While Henry said the measure is “temporary,” with requirements in place until January 31, 2022, it is subject to extension, according to the B.C. government’s website.

BC residents will be able to access the Vaccine Card website and download the card to their phones on September 13. A physical version of the Vaccine Card will also be available.

Secondary students in the province must also be partially vaccinated by 7 September in order to have access to on-campus housing.

Andrew is a reporter based in Toronto.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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