What should we think of the new immunization card?
From September 13, British Columbia will have to show its feet to access some non-essential services such as restaurants and sports centres.Photo: CBC/Ben Nilms
It’s British Columbia’s turn to adopt vaccination card. From September 13, you will need to show proof of vaccination in order to carry out the so-called non-essential activities. Brian Conway, MD, medical director of the Center for Infectious Diseases in Vancouver, and Damian Kontandriopoulos, a public health policy specialist, talk about the strengths and weaknesses of this new vaccination card.
I think this is an important initiative that will help us not only tackle the fourth wave, but also learn to live in a world of COVID.Who believes a vaccine card should be enough to counteract the current progress of COVID, says Dr. Conway right away.
I think it will be enough if more people choose to be vaccinated. What I’ve noticed over the past few days is that the rate of second vaccinations has started to slow down. And that, I didn’t see him coming which worries me, identifies the medical director at the Vancouver Center for Infectious Diseases, who sees in the vaccination card a real incentive to get fully vaccinated so he can reintegrate what he calls the new normal.
Even if Damien Kontandriopoulos, a professor at the University of Victoria School of Nursing and a specialist in public health policy welcomes the introduction of this vaccination card, it tempers Brian Conway’s optimism somewhat.
There is good in the decision we heard. There is also the worst, and the worst is the government’s insistence that all eggs be put in one basket, it is only the vaccine. All our hopes for a vaccineDamien Kontandriopoulos regrets that he finds it disturbing that the government continues to act as if there is nothing else to combat the spread of COVID.
The public health policy specialist is pushing his thinking on other ways to tackle COVID further.
Dr. Henry never believed the science of how COVID is transmitted. COVID spreads through the air, through breathing and speaking. It’s floating around people and from the start, Dr. Henry pretended that COVID is transmitted through droplets. It’s alarming to see that we don’t seem to be adjusting our prevention methods to what the science says about transmission routes., explains Damien Kontandriopoulos.
As for the start of the school year and the situation in schools toward COVID, the two experts’ opinions seem to be somewhat mixed.
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