Vaccines pass through security to watch B.C. minor football game – Agassiz Harrison Observer



A small group of anti-vaccines made their way into a minor football game in Chilliwack on Saturday.

The incident occurred during a Chilliwack Giants Minor Football Association game at Townsend Park in Chilliwack around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 6.

Provincial requirements state that in the East Fraser region proof of vaccination is required to attend outdoor events of more than 50 people.

Security checked the vaccination status at the entrance. According to a passer-by, things “heated up” when the group of a dozen people came to the door and failed to show proof of vaccination. Progress He was told that the leader of the group, a man from Mission, swore at the door saying “We have rights”, demanding that they be allowed to enter.

A small group of anti-vaccines went through security and participated in a Chilliwack Giants football game at Townsend Park on Saturday, November 6, 2021. (Submitted)

A representative for the Giants said the man is known to have staged similar incidents. The Giants knew the group would be there and warned security and police ahead of time, he said.

This organizer, a man named Brody Scharfe, contacted Progress to deny that he swore and organized similar protests in the past. Scharfe insisted the football club should not check vaccine passports.

The RCMP were on the scene, but there was no violence.

Game security was not going to let the group in, but a representative of a team playing on the pitch allowed them in. They were then seated in a section of bleachers away from other people who provided proof of vaccination.

The Giants representative said he was upset by the incident. He added that other unvaccinated people are welcome and can still watch the game from outside the gate where there is plenty of space with a full view of the pitch.

“We believe that a sporting event for 10-year-olds is not the place for a political statement,” David Rooney, president of the Valley Community Football League (VCFL) wrote in a statement to Chilliwack’s Progress.

He added that the leader of the group of people who refused to show immunization status at the door was a parent in Mission whose child was not playing the game.

The game being played at the time was a peewee division semi-final game where the Chilliwack Giants White team faced the North Langley Bears.

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