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BC has decided to go with vax-passports for all activities that are not essential: restaurant, bars, events, gyms, etc - Grocery stores etc are essential so there will not be a need for a proof of vaccination.

BC's population 12+: 75% are fully vaxxed and 83/84% have at least 1 dose.

As the president of the BC Restaurant Association who is very supportive of the vax-passports summed up: (paraphrased) we need to break the cycle of Covid infections; wearing masks and getting fully vaxxed are the best ways to do so - and he figures more people will be going to restaurants if they know that everyone is fully vaccinated in the restaurant.

Starting Sept 13 - proof of 1-dose is necessary and by October 24 proof of 2-dose will be necessary. This is a temporary measure till January 2022 when the BC Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, will reexamine. (She has been brilliant all through the pandemic. Even the NY Times did a piece on her last year.)

I agree with the non-essential vax-passports. To people who whine about 'freedom' etc - this is not about freedom it is about not being selfish 'p-o-s' who only care about themselves and don't believe they owe society or anyone else anything. Besides: no shirt, no shoes, no vax (=no brain cells), no service.

Cheers,

Icemann

P.S. Yes, the Delta variant (and Lambda etc) is a problem but hospitalizations and death numbers are still dropping overall among the fully vaccinated and if the spreading rate drops etc, maybe by January it will be a thing of the past.

P.P.S. I would like to see hospitals start saying no to admitting the people who don't vaccinate. They don't believe in science and medicine but run to the hospitals when they get infected. And all the idiots who say: I don't know what is in the vaccine and it is not going to go into my body. Well, you don't know what is in a twinkie and you still eat it. Freaking idiots are the ones who are stalling the country from fully re-opening.
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Speaking of freedom, it is interesting that there are no religious or medical exemptions on the passport.

Schools will be opening for the Fall and I'm concerned that BC is going cold turkey on young adults cramming into college and university classrooms.

I'm a math prof--expecting to be teaching in person in a few weeks, prepared to switch to online teaching if what I fear plays out.
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Speaking of freedom, it is interesting that there are no religious or medical exemptions on the passport.

Yep - if you don't get double-vaxxed for whatever reason, you will not be able to use certain non-essential services till January. It is unfortunate.

At 9:30 am there is the announcement about what will be happening with K-12 and post-secondary schools. I suspect/hope a mask mandate along with some sort of vax mandate. I taught between 2-6+ hours each day last year with a mask on and sometimes a face-shield and students wore masks almost 100% of the time from January through to June. It was not the best but it worked; you can understand people with only about a 2% impact of comprehension (based on studies done in 2014 I think) and no-one died of lack of oxygen. (Although while teaching software and digital design, it is sometimes awkward getting near students to examine what they were doing when there was a sense of nervousness on both sides.)

I hated teaching online - no way to read body-language and the room - BC stayed with in-person teaching but with masks for most of the year last year. Online only is a killer.

Good luck - hope things go well for you.

Cheers,

Icemann
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Speaking of freedom, it is interesting that there are no religious or medical exemptions on the passport.

Can't help wondering if most "religious" and "medical" exceptions are BS anyway...

Pete
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What form will the vax passport be? I hope it is a QR code because the US is already flooded with false vaccine cards.

Linda
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Probably something along those lines (QR) but there will be other options for people who don’t have cell phones. We already have a health gateway app which records all of our visits and prescriptions etc for the last 20 years including our two vaccine doses. It is very secure so I assume they will use something like that. It is quite new.

Icemann
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.....Can't help wondering if most "religious" and "medical" exceptions are BS anyway...

Kind of like 'companion' animals.


Jimbo
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