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COVID-19: Poll finds support in B.C. for ‘vaccine passports’

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A new study finds that a majority of British Columbians support some kind of 'certificate of vaccination' for people to travel or take part in public activities after the pandemic. Linda Aylesworth reports – Mar 26, 2021

A new survey has found that a majority of British Columbians support the idea of using proof-of-vaccination certificates for international travel.

The online survey conducted by Research Co. found that 73 per cent British Columbians think using a so-called “vaccine passport” for international travel was a good idea.

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Sixty-four per cent of respondents thought proof of COVID-19 vaccination is a good idea for travel within Canada while 60 per cent liked the idea of a vaccine passport for travel within the province.

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A majority also supported a vaccine passport for work at an office and to be able to go to the theatre or cinema.

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The federal government has been discussing the potential need for “vaccine passports,” but no decision has been made on whether or not it will be required.

Countries across the world have been grappling with the ethical and logistical concerns around vaccine passports.

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The European Union is developing a framework that will allow certificates from each individual European country to interoperate, smoothing out safe travel between the 27 bloc nations.

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Officials hope to have it in place soon as soon as this summer.

— With files from Rachael D’Amore and Pia Araneta

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