Seeking a break from the wildfire smoke in Falkland, Kate Stein and her kids spent the day with her parents in Enderby on Monday when her son fell off his skateboard. A few hours later, the 13-year-old boy complained his wrist was still sore.
Stein called the Enderby Medical Clinic to see if the doctor had time, the receptionist said he did, but then asked if her son had been vaccinated. Upon hearing the boy hadn’t been, Stein was told to instead take him to the emergency room at Shuswap Lake General Hospital in neighbouring Salmon Arm.
“I was flabbergasted,” Stein said. “The doctor wouldn’t see us. He was only accepting fully vaccinated patients. What is happening in our province that health care is now optional?” she stated. “If people can’t access health care, I think we have a problem.”
On Monday, the B.C. government announced new rules, to begin Sept. 13, requiring citizens to provide proof of coronavirus vaccination to get into non-essential businesses and events, such as sporting events, nightclubs, restaurants and movies.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association called the plan, which is not supposed to apply to health care, faith services or children under age 12 who aren’t eligible for vaccines, “arbitrary and illegal” (Times Colonist).
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