VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The wealthy Vancouver couple accused of flying to a remote Yukon town to get vaccinated against COVID-19 won’t be allowed to line up for a second shot in B.C. anytime soon.
Rod Baker and his wife, Ekaterina, reportedly flew from Vancouver, where they live, to the remote Yukon community of Beaver Creek, where they received the Moderna vaccine.
But according to a statement from the Ministry of Health, there won’t be any space made for the couple to get their required second shot in B.C.
“There is no room in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan for people who deliberately put vulnerable populations at risk in order to receive their vaccine before the start of their eligibility group,” reads the statement to NEWS 1130.
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Vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer require a second dose for full protection.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry didn’t indicate how long the couple would have to wait for their second shot as vaccines are in short supply.
“They should be ashamed of themselves,” Henry said Monday when asked about reports of the Bakers jumping the queue.
“They put a community at risk for their own benefit and that to me is appalling.”
The current plan for immunizing British Columbians against the virus won’t see the general population starting to get vaccinated until April. Even then, those at higher risk and those oldest will be immunized first, before the province works backwards in five-year increments until people 60 years and older are immunized.
Ministry of Health staff confirms there are clear processes in place to ensure people currently live in B.C. The pre-registration system also prevents people from booking an appointment before you are eligible –based on your age.
Following accusations of travel, Great Canadian Gaming confirmed Rod Baker was no longer with the company.
Tickets filed in a Whitehorse court show the 55-year-old man and his 32-year-old wife were each charged with failing to self-isolate for 14 days and failing to act in a manner consistent with their declarations upon arriving in Yukon.
The allegations against them have not been proven in court and the tickets indicate the couple can challenge them.
– With files from the Canadian Press and Denise Wong