With More Deadly Variants of COVID-19 in the Air, Why Should Fully Vaccinated People Have to Sit in the Same Restaurant or Movie Theatre as Vaccine Resisters?
A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted August 5th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
In the wake of what looks like a coming fourth wave – thanks in no small part to a more highly infectious Delta variant in the air and far too many people still resisting the vaccines – we had to know vaccine passports would be coming.
This August 5th, Quebec Premier François Legault announced that his province would be the first in Canada to implement a vaccine passport system, and you can bet all the money you’ve got in the bank that other provinces, like Ontario, won’t be very far behind.
“The system will allow the province to avoid the widespread closures that have marked its pandemic response to date,’ CBC News quoted the Quebec premier saying.
“People who made the effort to get their two doses should be able to live a somewhat normal life.” Legault said.
And let’s share some full-throated cheers for that.
A vaccine passport system in Ontario and elsewhere across the country could not come soon enough.
Those who are not yet fully vaccinated by choice – and at this point it is a willful choice – dig in their heels and declare, in so many ways, that they have their “rights” and are prepared to face the consequences.
Fine then. But those of us who have gone out of our way to take the vaccine and follow all the other health protection measures in a pandemic that, in a mere year and a half, has wiped out the lives of some 650,000 Canadians and Americans, have rights too.
Those rights should include being able to go indoors, in a grocery store, a restaurant, a shopping mall, a movie theatre and other indoor venues, and know that those around us have shown social responsibility and taken all the precautions too.
At the bottom of it is the right of those who have teamed together to protect not only themselves, but others in the name of the common good, to live a safe and healthy life, away from those who choose to be l negligent.
So good for Quebec for leading the way on vaccine passports in Canada, and let’s hope that Ontario is not too far behind.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
To read a CBC report on Quebec’s decision to move to vaccine passports, click on –https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-vaccine-passport-1.6130699
To read another recent commentary, posted on Niagara At Large, on the danger anti-vaxxers pose to the rest of us, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2021/07/25/its-time-to-wall-off-covid-friendly-anti-vaxxers-from-the-rest-of-us/
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