Abbotsford residents gathered near city hall to protest the new B.C. vaccine card. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford residents gathered near city hall to protest the new B.C. vaccine card. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford residents protest B.C. vaccine card arrival

Several dozen protesters gather outside Abbotsford City Hall to express unhappiness

Several dozen people took to the sidewalks on South Fraser Way near Abbotsford City Hall to protest the B.C. vaccine card, which came into effect today (Sept. 13).

Attendees told a reporter on scene that there were more people earlier in the day. It’s not known exactly when the protest began, but it’s believed to have occurred in the early-afternoon. Things were winding down by around 3:30 p.m.

Many attendees were holding signs, but when asked to explain the information stated on what they were holding up the reporter on scene was told by several people that the sign he or she was displaying was given to them by the event organizers.

Proof of one COVID-19 vaccine dose will be required for many non-essential businesses starting today.

As of Oct. 24, attendees will have to provide proof of two doses, with the last received at least seven days prior.

From Sept. 13 to 26, the paper record given out after a vaccination appointment will suffice; as of Sept. 27, the official vaccine card will be required. The vaccine card is currently set to expire on Jan. 31, 2022, although health officials have said it could be extended if needed.

The vaccine card will only be required for discretionary services. Essential services such as health care, grocery and retail stores, malls and libraries will not require proof of vaccination.

  • Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs, bars and lounges
  • Organized indoor events with 50 or more people (e.g. wedding receptions, parties, conference, workshops)
  • Discretionary organized indoor group recreational classes and activities.
  • Indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events
  • Fitness centres, gyms and adults sports that take place indoors
  • Indoor group exercise activities
  • Night clubs, casinos, movie theatres
  • Indoor ticketed sporting events

RELATED: Here’s what you need to know about B.C.’s new vaccine card

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