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EDMONTON – As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Alberta and parts of Canada, some provinces and private organizations will start asking for proof of vaccination.

British Columbia is the latest province, along with Quebec and Manitoba, to announce that it will require residents to show they have been vaccinated when they frequent certain recreational venues, such as restaurants, fitness centers , cinemas and sporting events.

Several sports organizations, including the Edmonton Oilers, will also ask fans to show their vaccine status, or a negative COVID-19 test, before they can participate in a game.

Timothy Caulfield, professor of health law and science policy at the University of Alberta, believes evidence of vaccination warrants will be widely used in Alberta in one way or another.

“It’s going to happen,” Caulfield told CTV News Edmonton.

“I think it’s only a matter of time before we see more and more institutions in Alberta doing this.

“I think the provincial government needs to show leadership here. Let us help the private sector. The private sector is trying to do the right thing. Let’s create an environment where it’s easier for them to do this.

The Starlite Hall will also require guests to be vaccinated, a move they believe is the best way to welcome international music fans and artists back in time.

Tyson Boyd, one of the owners and operators, said that “we kind of have to innovate,” but the response has been mostly positive.

“We don’t necessarily want to be in that position and we’re trying to do the best we can with what we have,” Boyd told CTV News. “So proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test is the most inclusive we can be in a condensed setting as we are.

“We are not a socially distanced type of business. When you come to a concert in places like the Starlite Hall, it’s totally immersive. You know you’re going to be close to the people you’re going to the show with and in order to gain the trust and be able to try and replicate the experience of what we delivered before the pandemic, we just need people to be comfortable. in a tightly condensed space of people. “

In a statement to CTV News, the Alberta government said “it is not considering mandatory vaccination warrants at this time.”

“Albertans are encouraged to continue signing up for the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure long-term protection,” the province added.

CONFIDENTIALITY ISSUES

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta has issued guidelines on proof of vaccination.

Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton told CTV News on Monday that organizations and businesses can make vaccines mandatory if there is a need to provide a product or a service.

“Companies need to think about it, do they have a goal? If they’re thinking about doing it, how much information do they need to collect to achieve that goal, ”Clayton said. “They also need to be very transparent to individuals as to why they are collecting information. “

Caulfield believes the privacy concerns are overblown and has ruled out the possibility of discrimination if companies have alternatives for people who can’t get vaccinated, which Clayton says is necessary, like rapid testing.

“My feeling is that there are no legal barriers to getting things done,” Caulfield said.

“It is not an immutable characteristic. It’s a choice you make: get vaccinated, not get vaccinated. And choices have consequences. “

As of Tuesday, 73% of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta were in unvaccinated people, and 80% of Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19 had not received a vaccine.

With files from Alex Antoneshyn and Ryan Harding of CTV News Edmonton

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