Ronald McDonald House Says It Won’t Evict Anyone Despite Vaccine Rule

A prominent warning on its website reads: ‘All guests and visitors to the home must show proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19.’

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Ronald McDonald House has denied that a change in vaccination policy meant an unvaccinated family would be evicted from the home run by the charity for sick children and their families.

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Earlier this week, Kelowna’s father of a four-year-old, who is staying at the facility while being treated for leukemia, posted a video to social media in which he confronts an administrator about the change in policy. The family’s story was picked up by media around the world.

The charity responded Thursday with a statement confirming that most children over the age of five and their families will require proof of vaccination from January 31, the end of a two-week grace period for the change, but said: “No family will ever be out. our house.”

The statement also said: “Our team has been in contact with the family regarding this particular situation and we are supporting arrangements for (alternative) accommodation.”

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The family of four Kelowna arrived in October and would stay at the house until June, according to the father’s video.

The Vancouver PR agency that answered questions for the charity said its privacy policy prevented it from providing more details about the family’s situation.

The home, funded by donations, has “provided support to sick children and families who have to travel long distances to receive specialized care only found in Vancouver,” the website says.

Located near BC Children’s Hospital, it offers families their own living space and the chance to eat and socialize in a common area. There are several children’s playgrounds.

The statement said it has limited visitors during the pandemic, has conducted daily wellbeing checks and has taken physical distancing measures.

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The board recently mandated vaccinations for everyone who works, visits or resides at the facility to protect the “vulnerable population of sick children we serve in communal environments and limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.”

A prominent warning on its website reads: “All guests and visitors to the home must show proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19.”

The statement also said the facility would review exceptions to vaccinations “due to various circumstances” on a case-by-case basis and exempt children undergoing treatment who cannot be vaccinated.

“We must continue to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of the vulnerable populations we serve,” it said.

CEO Richard Pass did not respond to a request for an interview.



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