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Flu shot rule could cancel youth choir's concert at seniors' home

12/01/2014 11:57 EST | Updated 01/31/2015 05:59 EST
A youth choir in Fort St. John, B.C., may be forced to cancel an upcoming performance at a seniors' home because of flu shot rules coming into effect today across the province.

Jennifer Giesbrecht  directs Fort St. John's Northern Lights Youth Choir, and says she has just been advised that all 60 choir members need flu shots — or must wear masks — in order to be allowed inside a seniors' home for a performance this weekend.

"It's not practical for me to find out whether everyone has been vaccinated or not and it's not really any of my business, and as a choir it's not practical to have singers wearing a mask," she said.

Giesbrecht says she had to tell the event organizer she will have to cancel unless another arrangement can be worked out.

"I felt a little heartbroken because I know how much the seniors and the staff appreciate these types of events and how much it means to them."

Giesbrecht says this is the first season she's been aware of the flu shot rule, even though it was in place last year.

She wonders whether last year they just weren't being enforced and she hopes her choir might still find a way to perform on Saturday.
 

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