The family of a four-year-old boy struggling with leukemia says he is being evicted from the Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver because they refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – but the charity says it will offer alternative accommodation.
Ronald McDonald House’s British Columbia and Yukon Branch (RMHBC) branch, which provides temporary accommodation for families of children undergoing serious media treatment, sent a letter to all residents on Monday informing them that the vaccination mandate would take effect in January. 17, followed by a two-week protection period.
Under the new policy, everyone aged five and over must receive at least the first dose of COVID-19. Those who do not comply will have to leave the facility on 31 January.
“RMHBC recognizes and acts on the basis of its responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy environment, including taking all precautionary measures appropriate to the circumstances of the health and safety of individuals visiting RMHBC facilities, in particular with regard to vulnerable populations to which RMHBC provides services and significant risk; transmission of communicable diseases in our common environment, “said the letter.
Austin Furgason, a father from British Columbia, Canada, received a letter this week from Ronald McDonald House’s BC and Yukon Branch, where his family stayed during his son’s cancer treatment, announcing the impending eviction of unvaccinated residents.
Furgason’s four-year-old son Jack (pictured) is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Austin Furgason, the father of two children from Kelowny, British Columbia, shared a video on social media Tuesday showing him clashing with an administrator at Ronald McDonald’s home in Vancouver, where his family lived for four years. old son Jack is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
On the recording, Furgason shows a letter announcing the vaccine’s mandate and then asks him to talk to the administrator.
“I want to put it bluntly: will my four-year-old boy with leukemia be evicted by the end of the month because we don’t have a vaccine? ‘ he asks.
The caretaker replies that the eviction would not affect his son, who is less than five years old, but his parents if they are not vaccinated.
“It’s some kind of crazy evil I’ve never seen in my life,” says Furgason.
He then argues that even those who have been vaccinated can still become infected and transmit COVID. He also accuses the charity of forcing people to choose among their children and get vaccinated against their beliefs.
Anyone not vaccinated against COVID will have to leave RMHBC in Vancouver on January 13 (pictured)
Under the new policy, everyone aged five and over must receive at least the first dose of COVID-19
The viral video shows Furgason confronting the RMHBC administrator over a vaccine mandate
Furgason points out that his son, who is seen playing on the floor next to him, has his other footage, adding: “We are not anti-vaxxers.”
The RMHBC official urges Furgason if his family is vaccinated against COVID, which he says “no”.
The website of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing infections, serious illnesses and deaths. Most people who develop COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
“Because vaccines are not 100% effective in preventing infection, some people who are fully vaccinated will still develop COVID-19.”
Furgason and his family are not vaccinated against COVID and the father says he believes it is unnecessary
Jack does not need to be vaccinated because he is less than 5 years old. All unvaccinated RMHBC residents will be offered alternative accommodation
The video from Furgason’s confrontation with the RMHBC manager became viral on Twitter, was watched more than 721,000 times by Wednesday, provoking a response from a charity that runs more than 685 programs for sick children and their families in 62 countries. around the world.
RMHBC told CityNews that its family services team and social workers will try to find alternative accommodations, such as hotels, for unvaccinated patients and their loved ones.
The British Columbia Centers for Disease Control reported a total of more than 286,000 cases of COVID-19 in the province on Tuesday, with 2,239 new cases.