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Chamber surveys members on proof of vaccination

VERNON – A survey of Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce members reveals diverse opinions on vaccination passports for certain businesses and events in B.C.

On Aug. 23, the provincial government announced plans to require individuals to prove vaccination to access a range of businesses as well as social and recreational events.

“As a member-based organization, it is essential that we hear directly from our members so we have a sense of how government policies may impact their ability to operate. We thank all of the members who completed the survey,” said Dan Proulx, Greater Vernon Chamber general manager.

Of those members who responded, they included those in sectors mandated to confirm vaccine passports and those in sectors not included in the public health order. The survey results include:

Do you support proof of vaccination?
65 per cent - Yes
32 per cent - No

What affect will proof of vaccination have on your business?
32 per cent - Positive
20 per cent - Negative
39 per cent - No Affect

  • Not all respondents answered every question.
“Some believe this measure will help increase vaccination rates and reduce Covid cases, while others are concerned that reviewing vaccine passports will increase workload and potentially create conflict with customers,” said Proulx.

“There was also a third group who support proof of vaccination but expect that there will be a negative impact on their ability to operate as a business.”

As of Sept. 13, people will be required to be partially vaccinated with at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to access certain businesses and events and as of Oct. 24, people will be required to be fully immunized, at least seven days after receiving two doses of vaccine, to access the same list of businesses and events.

The settings where proof of vaccine will be required include:
  • Indoor and patio dining
  • Night clubs and casinos
  • Movie theatres
  • Indoor ticketed sporting events
  • Indoor concerts
  • Indoor theatre/dance/symphony events
  • Fitness centres/gyms
  • Indoor high-intensity group exercise
  • Organized indoor events (weddings, conferences, workshops, etc.)
  • Discretionary organized indoor group recreational classes and activities)
“We will share our survey results with Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu and we urge the provincial government to directly support those sectors that must verify proof of vaccine as revenue streams may be disrupted initially and additional staff resources may be required,” said Proulx.

“The Chamber also wants to remind residents and visitors to be patient and understanding when entering a business that is mandated to ask for your vaccination card. Business owners and their staff are our friends, neighbours and family and we need to be respectful towards them.”
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:    
Dan Proulx, General Manager   
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce
P: 250-545-0771              E: manager@vernonchamber.ca