B.C. announces new COVID-19 vaccine card required for wide range of public activities – CBC

New public health order covers a number of non-essential recreational and social activities

Aug 23, 2021

The B.C. government has announced a plan to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for anyone who wants to attend a concert, sporting event, movie, restaurant, nightclub, casino or fitness class.

The new “B.C. vaccine cards” will be implemented on Sept. 13, Premier John Horgan and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters on Monday.

“Getting vaccinated is the way forward through this pandemic,” Horgan said.

Initially, eligible British Columbians will require proof of one dose of vaccine. By Oct. 24, two doses will be required. The cards will be required for a wide range of non-essential recreational and social activities.

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Henry said that unvaccinated people currently account for about 90 per cent of COVID-19 cases in B.C., and 93 per cent of hospitalizations. The risk of infection is about 10 times higher for people who aren’t vaccinated, she said.

“These numbers are a stark reminder of why vaccines are important.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/covid19-vaccine-update-bc-1.6149947

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