ROTHENBURGER: The case for vaccine passports has never been stronger

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CANADIAN POLITENESS isn’t always a good thing. This is one of those times.

British Columbians top the politeness chart. With Step 4 of B.C.’s reopening plan only three weeks away, our health officials and politicians continue to dither on the most effective ways to stop the Delta variant in its tracks. We must not, after all, do anything that suggests infringements on an individual’s freedom to do anything he or she damn well wants.

We coddle the anti-vaxers, the anti-maskers, the squeamish and the lazy.

Have you noticed the signs in so many stores nowadays? “Masks are no longer required,” they say. In smaller letters: “Masks are recommended.” That’s what we do. We recommend. In other words, ignore the advice if you want.

Sure, it’s part of Step 3 and masks are only part of the issue but I’m just making a point. We need domestic COVID vaccine passports to get things on the right track.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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4 Comments on ROTHENBURGER: The case for vaccine passports has never been stronger

  1. Robert George // August 15, 2021 at 11:47 PM // Reply

    I do not use social media nor do I read it, nor do I carry a smart phone around in my hand 24 hours a day.I have a Virgin flip phone ” a hundred a year”
    in my pocket,usually in the off position,I keep it mostly for emergency situations. It saved our bacon once on the Coqu.
    Yes ,we have a lot of nut cases out there.

  2. John Morgan // August 14, 2021 at 9:39 AM // Reply

    Opening up at this point is akin to declaring open season on the unvaccinated. One lecture by Prof. Dr A McGeer this week projected that the majority of unvaccinated people in Canada will have been infected by November.

  3. I fully support a vaccine passport. Say has a way to enter any government funded building?
    The idiocies one read on social media are absolutely ridiculous, fuelled by the narrative from “influencers” and opinionators from the right side of the political spectrum, I may add.

  4. John Noakes // August 14, 2021 at 7:30 AM // Reply

    Perhaps this is an absurd analogy, but in a real way, carrying around the Covid-19 virus (and Delta variant) is like carrying around something that can kill somebody else. Even we who have had two doses of the vaccination can still be infected by the virus but we are likely to only show mild symptoms or none at all. We are not apt to end up in ICU or in the morgue.

    Instead of the Covid-19 virus, what if we decided to carry around a loaded handgun? It would be concealed and could hurt the one carrying it but, used against others, there could be deadly consequences for them. Our choice; a 9mm or a .44 magnum?

    That analogy might be absurd but until we think of things in the terms of life and death, everything can appear to be kind of OK and kind of up to one’s own personal freedom. We can stay polite and not have to offend anyone.

    Having a vaccination “passport” is a great idea. It tells others that we care about them and ourselves and we are part of the body of people who believe being immunized is our best chance to return to having our lives back.

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