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Waterloo Region, Guelph businesspeople talk vaccine passports

·2 min read

With the Delta variant on the rise, some provinces in Canada are considering vaccine passports, digital proof-of-immunization records that would allow people to access non-essential businesses and travel across the border.

While Premier Doug Ford rejected the idea of provincial vaccine passports, many businesspeople feel that it should be required. The Cambridge Times spoke to a few businesspeople in Waterloo Region and Guelph to see how they feel about vaccine passports. Here’s what they had to say:

Ian McLean, president and CEO of Greater KW Chamber of Commerce

“I’m of the view — and I know I’m not the only one — that having the ability to know who’s vaccinated and who’s not is welcome. The fact that the Ontario government isn’t going to do it, I don’t understand that. It’s disappointing to hear that it’s not being done.”

Greg Durocher, president and CEO of Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

“I do support vaccine passports. At this point, it is not about what is right, wrong or fair; it is about, how do we continue to keep our economy slowly opening and never have the threat of a closure again? The vast majority of us are getting our vaccinations, because we want to protect ourselves, our loved ones and those we work with. Having to continue to worry as a business owner is simply unfair; small businesses need certainty and confidence. This may be something to give them the confidence they need.”

Anne Toner Fung, executive director and CEO of Innovation Guelph

“I believe in vaccinating the public. I believe that the only way to overcome a pandemic is to get as many people vaccinated as possible. But since it hasn’t been publicly mandated, then there’s mixed messaging and inconsistent application of rules if vaccine passports come into play. I also really worry about inequity issues. There has been a fair amount of evidence to suggest that there are certain groups that are not as highly vaccinated as others. This then becomes another layer of potential stigmatization for those groups and prevents them from accessing even more of what they need to access.”

Genelle Levy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cambridge Times

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