There are growing calls today it seems for a vaccination health passport to be used in travel to help streamline the process post pandemic. But there are some issues with this potential system of verification and it leads some open to discrimination who cannot get the vaccine etc, among other issues.
Already, for months now those who are engaged in travel have had to produce negative COVID-19 test results or show vaccination proof before being allowed to travel. This means that there has been a potential for an increase in fraud as well, specifically those showing fraudulent COVID-19 test results to authorities.
The CBSA says that they have already allegedly intercepted dozens of suspected fraudulent COVID-19 tests from travelers who have been looking to try and enter the country.
And that is just the amount that they say that they have captured in the last few months, since the beginning of this year. It might become more of an issue across the country, and in other areas too, with people trying to skirt those travel requirements.
Authorities are working closely on this issue to try and detect those incorrect tests, anyone who is traveling needs to show a proof of a negative COVID-19 test and there are penalties for those who do not comply.
It is possible to get a COVID-19 test from a physician or a nurse practitioner, either from a primary care center, or from an urgent care center, and there are also COVID-19 test collection centers as well. As people continue to travel more they’ve also been getting negative tests done in hotels too for those that have opted to offer the service.
There are a variety of test collection centers to find that are located in B.C. including those in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Richmond.
It could be said that B.C. has been having an easier time than other regions while going through the pandemic. When you consider the amount of restrictions that have been placed on daily life here in the region compared to other areas.
We’ve been lucky but that doesn’t mean that the problem is gone yet, hospital rates for younger people are rising because of variants we are told.
Just recently, authorities in the region have introduced restrictions to gatherings again and for services like indoor dining and physical activity classes.
The new restrictions are supposed to be a temporary fix to get a hold of the rise in cases, and has even meant that Whistler will be closing too for awhile, and the plan is that to last until late April.
There is talk of a new normal and reopening to continue to unfold that might mean more easing of pandemic restrictions by summer, but variants are causing a problem that might turn us into another direction.
Not only that, but B.C. authorities have also urged younger people to continue social distancing and wearing their masks, and not to ‘ruin it for the rest of us’ so to speak with their actions that could spread the virus to others in our communities. However, after the B.C. premier recently suggested that the younger crowd might be causing more of an issue here, he is now facing a bit of backlash over it. Some are even calling for him to apologize now because of it.