(FeaturedNews.com) – Vaccine mandates are a polarizing topic in the United States, but they are almost standard in Canada. Unfortunately, one of the requirements could be pushing families of ill children out into the cold simply because they didn’t get the jab.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) provides housing close to medical facilities for sick kids and their families. The British Columbia branch recently alerted tenants that those who do not have full vaccination status and are over the age of five will need to leave the property starting January 17.
The vaccine mandate begins on January 17, and residents have until the 31st to receive at least one dose or face moving to an alternative location. https://t.co/qRceJfO1Pg
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RMHC said the order to remove unvaccinated people from its housing facilities is due to a public health recommendation. Board members decided to mandate vaccines for anyone working, visiting, and staying at the locations in Canada to protect the health and safety of everyone.
Opposition to the mandate caused #BoycottMcDonalds to spread on social media. There is also footage of Austin Furgason, a father with a 4-year-old child ill with leukemia, confronting staff at RMHC because his son will have to leave due to the father’s vaccination status. He called it “crazy.”
The initial notices didn’t mention any assistance to families to find different housing options. However, after the backlash, the charity released a statement to CityNews saying it would help displaced families find alternative places to stay.
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