There is no exemption for rare medical conditions in British Columbia’s new vaccination certification system, Henry says.


British Columbia residents, eager to return to normal social and economic life, will soon face one of Canada’s most stringent vaccination certification systems, and there is no exemption for people with rare medical conditions.

At a press conference on Monday, British Columbia health officer Bonnie Henry introduced rigorous measures to acquire the state “after a dangerous period” of an increase in COVID-19 cases, giving unvaccinated people He said the exemption would not be granted.

“If there are rare people who have medical reasons for not being immunized, these are the discretionary events we are talking about and we will not be able to attend those events during this high-risk period. Other reasons But there is no tax exemption, “Henry said. I told reporters.

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

Vaccine cards certifying that British Columbia residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination to access certain “non-essential” locations or certain services since September 13th. Must be presented. By October 24, access must be fully vaccinated with a second vaccination.

British Colombians over the age of 12 are vaccinated at concerts, restaurants, nightclubs, casinos, theaters, gyms, other recreational facilities, high-intensity fitness centers, weddings, parties and other indoor gatherings. Must be presented. Meetings and workshops.

According to Henry, non-vaccinated children under the age of 12 can participate in sporting events and other non-discretionary activities when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

She also said that the British Columbia government guarantees that the vaccine card system is compatible with the certification of vaccination systems in other states. The state is also working with the federal government to tailor the system to the ArriveCAN application currently used by international travelers as evidence of vaccination.

Henry said the measure was “temporary” and the requirements were maintained until January 31, 2022, but could be extended, according to the British Columbia website.

British Columbia residents will be able to visit the Vaccine Card website on September 13 and download the card to their mobile phones. A physical version of the vaccine card will also be available.

Post-higher education students in the state must also be partially vaccinated by September 7 to access campus housing.

Andrew Chen

Andrew is a Toronto-based reporter.