A Vancouver couple who allegedly flouted COVID-19 guidelines and flew to Yukon to get the primary doses of a vaccine must wait their flip for his or her second doses, says B.C.’s Ministry of Well being.
Rodney Baker, 55, the now former president and CEO of the Nice Canadian Gaming Company, and Ekaterina Baker, a 32-year-old aspiring actress, are accused of breaking Yukon COVID-19 guidelines by chartering a aircraft to the small neighborhood of Beaver Creek, a neighborhood roughly 450 kilometres northwest of Whitehorse close to the Alaska border
There, they took benefit of a cellular vaccination clinic that was administering the primary doses of the Moderna vaccine to locals, claiming they have been new staff at an space motel, in keeping with Yukon Group Companies Minister John Streicker.
Many in Yukon’s rural communities have been prioritized to obtain vaccinations as a result of they’re hours away from medical care.
In an announcement to CBC Information, B.C.’s Ministry of Well being mentioned the couple must wait — like everybody else — till their eligible age class earlier than receiving their second dose of the vaccine.
“There isn’t a room in BC’s COVID-19 Immunization plan for individuals who intentionally put weak populations in danger with a view to obtain their vaccine earlier than the beginning of their eligibility group,” the assertion learn.
“As we transfer in the direction of immunizing most people … there can be clear processes in place to make sure folks can confirm their age and that they’re presently residing in BC.
“The pre-registration course of will assist guarantee folks wait their flip. The system won’t permit folks to guide an appointment till their age class is eligible to pre-register for an appointment for the dose that they need to be receiving.”
B.C.’s vaccine plan, which was introduced on Friday, will concentrate on vaccinating high-risk and most aged populations by April earlier than reaching youthful adults in the summertime.
The purpose is to vaccinate 4 million members of most people towards COVID-19 by September.
Presently, the Public Well being Company of Canada recommends getting the second dose of the Moderna vaccine inside 42 days of the primary.
Based on present plan, these aged between 59 and 30 — just like the Bakers — will obtain vaccines between July to September, nicely after 42 days from their first doses.