The Vancouver couple accused of flying to the Yukon to leap the COVID-19 vaccine queue have been given a court docket date.
Rod Baker, the now-former CEO of Nice Canadian Gaming, and his spouse, Ekaterina, allegedly flew to the First Nation group of Beaver Creek to get the vaccine earlier than their flip in B.C. It’s alleged they posed as important employees to obtain the Moderna vaccine.
They’d reportedly ignored the territory’s 14-day necessary quarantine guidelines upon arrival and have been ultimately ticketed and charged underneath Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act.
They’re attributable to seem in a Whitehouse courtroom on Might 4.
Nothing has but been confirmed in court docket, however they might serve as much as six months in jail if convicted.
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With out naming the couple, the B.C. Ministry of Well being clarified the principles to forestall queue-jumping earlier this week.
“There isn’t any room in B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization plan for individuals who intentionally put weak populations in danger in an effort to obtain their vaccine earlier than the beginning of their eligibility group,” the assertion reads.
“As we transfer in direction of immunizing most people in Phases 3 and 4, there will likely be clear processes in place to make sure folks can confirm their age and that they’re at the moment dwelling in B.C.”
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– With recordsdata from Richard Zussman and Twinkle Ghosh
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