On Oct. 18, Terry Snow, General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland & Labrador (PAONL), addressed congregational members in a video announcement (2:19 mark) to declare “the mandatory vaccine passport,” the NLVaxPass, for all people aged 12+ entering a faith-based organization beginning Oct. 22, 2021.
Thanks to a Bright Light News reader’s submission of an internal memo, we’ve learned that Snow glaringly forgot to mention that “an incentive was offered to Faith-Based Organizations that embrace the Vaccine Passport,” by Dr. John Haggie, Minister of Health (see Page 4 of memo below, section 4). Without mentioning the PAONL’s potential conflict of interest in implementing the vaccine passport, Snow squarely attributed the adoption of the passport requirement on the shoulders of the govt.
Snow continues to say that vaccine passports have a “twofold purpose: one, to decrease the rate of community spread, and, two, to increase the rate of double vaccinations.” Both statements are patently false.
According to the Ontario Covid-19 Science Table, July 21, 2021, “There is currently no direct scientific evidence of the direct impact of COVID-19 vaccine certificates on SARS-CoV-2 transmission or population vaccination rates.”
That Ontario’s Covid Science Table further states that “there are important ethical, legal, accessibility, and privacy considerations concerning their development and implementation” seems to be of no consequence to the church leaders.
Why is NL’s Health Minister offering an incentive for a public health policy that is not supported by any science and violates several constitutional rights, including the right to bodily autonomy and freedom of religion? And what was the offered incentive?
The pubic has a right to know.