Unvaccinated sports, music fans should pay for own COVID tests to gain entry, say health experts – CBC

Mass testing as an alternative to vaccine passports will tax exhausted health workers even more, say officials

Sep 03, 2021

Unvaccinated Saskatchewan adults should pay for their own COVID-19 tests if they want to go to Saskatchewan Roughrider games or other events, say some health experts.

“We don’t have any duty to accommodate these people. The onus is on them to bear the costs,” said Saskatoon health policy analyst Dr. Dennis Kendel.

At the moment, anyone can get a COVID-19 test for any reason, and it’s 100 per cent publicly funded. Demand for tests is expected to soar as Saskatchewan’s per capita case numbers and hospitalizations lead the country, most of which is driven by unvaccinated residents.

But demand could also soar due to thousands of unvaccinated sports and music fans, university students and others. Venues requiring proof of vaccination are allowing patrons to take a COVID-19 test instead of getting vaccinated. For example, if Saskatchewan Roughriders fans are representative of the general population, more than 9,000 could seek a test before game time instead of showing proof of vaccination.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/fans-should-pay-own-covid-tests-sask-1.6162958

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