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Dr. Bonnie Henry Says Couple Who Travelled To Yukon For Vaccine ‘Should Be Ashamed’

Mel Woods
·2-min read

British Columbia’s chief medical officer had some strong words Monday for a couple that travelled from her province to the Yukon in order to jump the vaccine line.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says the vaccine line-hoppers are shameful.

“They should be ashamed of themselves, they put a community at risk for their own benefit and that to me is appalling,” she said.

Media reports have identified former Great Canadian Gaming Corp. president Rodney Baker and his wife Ekaterina Baker as the couple who chartered a private plane to the small community of Beaver Creek, near the Alaska border. Yukon officials said the couple posed as visiting essential workers and received their first COVID-19 vaccine doses at a mobile clinic.

B.C. chief medical officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19 on Jan. 25, 2021.
B.C. chief medical officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19 on Jan. 25, 2021.

The pair were intercepted at the airport trying to leave the territory, and were each charged with one count of failing to self-isolate for 14 days and one count of failing to act in a manner consistent with their declarations upon arriving in Yukon. They both face fines of $1,000 each plus fees.

The news comes as B.C. and the rest of Canada continue to face delayed vaccine shipments and have postponed some next steps in their vaccination plans.

In B.C., vaccines are currently being administered to long-term care residents and workers as part of phase one. Upcoming phases will include other health-care workers, residents over the age of 80 and the immunocompromised.

They should be ashamed of themselves, they put a community at risk for their own benefit and that to me is appalling.Dr. Bonnie Henry

The province plans to roll out an age-based system when vaccinations will be open to the general population, in descending increments of five years.

That means that barring any pre-existing conditions, the 55-year-old Rodney and 32-year-old Ekaterina wouldn’t be scheduled to get their vaccinations in B.C. until at least the summer and fall, respectively.

On Monday, Henry said she was confident most provincial residents are willing to wait their turn for the...

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