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Small and medium businesses are concerned about the vaccine passport

Small and medium businesses are concerned about the vaccine passport

The leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises have reservations about the permissibility of vaccination, and their association calls for caution in this matter.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released the results of a survey that indicated that “support or opposition to a vaccine passport varies greatly depending on what the policy may involve.”

According to the online survey launched on August 5 – and still ongoing – to which 2,878 of its members have responded so far, 77% said they support vaccinating their employees, but 61% of respondents would find it difficult to obtain a system. in their company to verify that their employees and customers are fully immunized.

Next, 64% have legal concerns about imposing a vaccination passport, including the risks of lawsuits in human rights matters or laws protecting personal information.

Business leaders have several questions about enforcing vaccination passport, according to the CFIB, including: “Who will be responsible for checking the vaccination status of clients?” How will data be collected and personal information protected? How will SMEs be able to meet their legal obligations in cases where they have to accommodate their employees in religious or medical matters? Can SMEs be exposed to human rights complaints if they refuse to serve unprotected customers? What can the SME do if the employee is not vaccinated and does not intend to do so? “

The union asserts that “some companies have chosen to make vaccination compulsory for their employees and customers without receiving directives from their regional governments.” “However, they should be aware that they may expose themselves to costly legal proceedings, particularly in matters of human rights.”

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She therefore advises them to be careful and encourages them to “create an open and unbiased space in order to discuss vaccination with their staff”. The CFIB also calls on the federal and provincial governments to be vigilant on these issues.

And the organization pointed out, on Monday, that despite the reservations of its members about imposing a vaccine passport on its employees and customers, three-quarters (74%) support its use for international travel and large gatherings.