British Columbia’s COVID vaccine passport continues to enjoy broad support, but a number of companies that should verify it are not, according to a new survey from Insights West.
The survey, conducted by Insights West, found that 77 percent of respondents supported the COVID-19 BC vaccine card, 59 percent of them strongly.
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But he also found that one in three people had not been asked to show the card somewhere they should have had it. The program applies to bars and restaurants as well as indoor spectator events, among other non-essential services.
These companies could face backlash from consumers, the survey said, with 60% saying failure to verify proof of vaccination would affect their behavior.
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Twenty-nine percent said they would not return to the business in question, while 24 percent said they would confront the owner or director of the business about it.
More than one in five said they would tell family or friends about it, while 13% would report it to local authorities and 6% said they would talk about it on social media.
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Only 16 percent said they would give the business another chance.
According to the survey, more than half of those surveyed (58%) said they had had the chance to visit a place covered by the vaccination passport since its implementation on September 13.
As of Friday, 88% of eligible British Columbians had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 81.1% had received two.
British Columbians are currently required to have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as part of the program, which will increase to two doses by October 24.
The online survey was conducted between September 22 and 26 among a sample of 826 residents of British Columbia. Respondents are part of the Insights West Feedback Community, a panel of British Columbia residents recruited from a variety of sources and backgrounds who share their views and opinions on an ongoing basis, and other panels provided by partner suppliers. The margin of error with the total sample, which measures the variability of the sample, is +/- 3.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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