EDITORIAL – Getting the vaccination card is easy; the hard part comes later

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THERE WILL BE NO SHORTAGE of people signing up for their B.C. COVID-19 vaccination cards, working their way through the application process.

After a soft launch of online applications Tuesday morning, there was still a lineup by evening.

When I signed in I was told I’d be waiting for about 40 minutes, which turned out to be a lot longer because, somehow, I lost my place in the queue. Other than the wait, it was easy. Personal health number, date of birth, date of vaccination one or two. That’s it.

You’ve got to be on your toes, though — when your copy of a card pops up with a QR code there’s no instruction that you’re now supposed to take a screenshot of it. The alternative is to call and arrange to get a paper copy.

Frankly, an app would have been handier because now I’ve got to go fishing for it in my cellphone photos whenever I need it.

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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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