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BC Liberals join calls for vaccine rollout plan clarity

KELOWNA (January 8, 2021) – The BC Liberals are calling for increased clarity on John Horgan and the NDP government’s vaccination delivery plan for British Columbians following significant public confusion over the lack of details and specifics about the rollout.

“British Columbians are being given few details about how the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is meant to happen throughout our province. Other jurisdictions, like Alberta, have publicized specific timelines and laid out clear plans for who gets the vaccine and when,” said BC Liberal Health Critic Renee Merrifield. “People are looking to this government for a detailed plan that answers important questions like how it is being distributed, what the timelines are, and why there are differences in health authorities. Everyone deserves more answers than what they’ve been getting from John Horgan and the NDP so far.”

The lack of details in the province’s current vaccination plan has created confusion about when vaccination will begin in the wider population, how it will be tracked, and how it will be delivered.

“Right now, you have people on the frontline, including teachers and first responders, who are still in the dark as to whether they will be a priority group to receive the vaccine and when that would even occur. It’s unacceptable to have this level of uncertainty at this stage,” added BC Liberal Education Critic Jackie Tegart. “People here in B.C. have high expectations from this government to deliver the vaccine but the current NDP plan leaves British Columbians with more questions than answers.”

As of today, British Columbia’s publicly available plan for vaccine distribution still consists of a single webpage on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website.

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