Saskatchewan Health Authority rejecting legal affidavits objecting to COVID-19 immunizations

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) says any legal affidavits it receives objecting to COVID-19 immunizations will not be entered into its database and will be destroyed.

The province brought in measures on Oct. 1 that require proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to enter a number of facilities and events.

It also allows businesses not covered under the public health measure to opt in.

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The SHA said immunization in Saskatchewan is voluntary and the measures brought in on Oct. 1 are not regulations, bylaws or orders under the Public Health Act.

“Some individuals choose to interpret the public health measures and the above regulations as a mandatory immunization policy, and have gone to the trouble of securing affidavits objecting to immunization,” the SHA said in a statement.

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“Some Commissioners of Oath in Saskatchewan are also charging a fee to submit these affidavits for processing.”

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The SHA said the affidavits serve no purpose as immunizations are not mandatory and an exemption is not required.

“If a resident elects not to be vaccinated or cannot be vaccinated, presentation of a negative test will be the accommodation in order to access those non-essential businesses and services as outlined in the public health order,” the SHA said.

“No other documentation will be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination or a negative test result.”

It is asking people who are considering submitting an affidavit not to do so.

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