A recently launched website that lists companies that do not support British Columbia’s vaccine passport program has sparked outrage on social media.
Those aged 12 and over must show proof of a vaccine dose to access a wide range of discretionary and corporate events across the province. By October 24, people must be fully immunized to access these places.
The BC Vaccine Card is a digital or printed document that shows what stage people are at in their journey towards the COVID-19 vaccine. It will show if they received one dose, two doses or if no record is found.
And while the majority of British Columbians comply with the new health order, many people have chosen not to get their immunization cards. Additionally, some business owners have shared their frustration or dislike of the online program.
A website called the No pass list says it supports the “freedom of choice” of Canadian businesses and states that “we should all have the right to make medical choices without fear of discrimination or consequences”.
The administrators of the No Pass List are urging Canadian business owners to add their businesses to the growing list of thousands of companies that do not support vaccination passport programs across the country. They note, however, that all of the companies listed “operate within the law and have various [COVID-19] protocols in place. “
Finally, the administrators emphasize that if they are “pro-choice”, they are not “anti-vax” nor “anti-science”.
Interestingly, the majority of Vancouver businesses listed on the website would not have to apply for the BC Vaccine Cards. While companies were previously available for public browsing, admins changed the setting to private starting September 24, only allowing members to browse options.
The site is similar to the Instagram account @savesmallbusinessbc who helped coordinate and promote anti-vax protests earlier this year. Outside of Instagram, more than 64,000 have joined the BC Businesses against Health Pass Facebook group, where the story is much the same.
The fine for refusing to show proof of vaccination can go up to $ 575 for individuals.
Need proof of vaccination? Here are all the ways to access your BC Vaccine Card.
Vancouver is awesome contacted No pass List but did not receive a response.
What if you haven’t been vaccinated?
The message from the provincial authorities is clear: get vaccinated.
If you have not yet been vaccinated, you may have difficulty accessing certain events, services, and businesses.
Visit one of the walk-in clinics located in communities across British Columbia. You don’t need an appointment.
If you prefer to make an appointment to be vaccinated, you can register in line.
With files from Cameron Thomson.