Some concerned UCP putting politics ahead of public health with vaccine passport survey – CBC

No Vaccine Passports Survey launched in July, party asks for donations after submitting feedback

Sep 13, 2021

Some Albertans are concerned the United Conservatives are politicizing COVID-19 vaccine passports, after launching a feedback survey on the subject that asks for donations once filled out.

Vaccine passports — proof of vaccination that allows people to visit places or events where the risk of transmission is high — have been a topic of discussion for several months. Some jurisdictions, such as British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario, have announced vaccine passports.

The United Conservative Party launched a feedback survey in July to learn how supporters felt about vaccine passports. But many Albertans only recently became aware of the survey, and some feel the party is letting politics dictate how to approach a public health issue.

“What we’ve seen throughout this pandemic is a really problematic situation, where politics, rather than public health, has driven vaccine passports,” said Lorian Hardcastle, an associate professor at the University of Calgary’s faculty of law and Cummings school of medicine.

“I don’t want the government to care what their voters think about vaccine passports. I want their No. 1 concern, right now, to be their evidence.”

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