Today, the provincial government announced that it is introducing a Proof of Vaccination program for British Columbia.
In response to the announcement, the BC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Fiona Famulak, released the following statement:
“Last week, we and other organizations representing businesses across the province called on the provincial government to introduce a Proof of Vaccination program to help return certainty and predictability to the business environment and keep businesses open. With today’s announcement, we are pleased that a B.C. Proof of Vaccination program will be introduced beginning in September.
While this is an important step in helping businesses keep employees, customers, and patrons safe while rebuilding consumer confidence and restoring business, how the program works in practice must be carefully decided.
Burdening businesses and frontline employees with enforcement of public health related initiatives is not appropriate and must be handled in an informed way and with all stakeholders in mind. We are here to provide insight from business, and we invite government to work with us on these details to ensure a fair program is achieved.
The BC Chamber of Commerce will continue to support businesses across British Columbia as we navigate this next step.”