By Norman Galimski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Prince Rupert residents spilled out of the Service BC Centre into the parking lot and down the sidewalk on Sept. 8, as they queued to get their vaccine passports verified, set up and printed due to a myriad of difficulties. 

Some residents said they attended in person to simplify the vaccine passport registration process but ended up waiting over 25 minutes to simply enter the inside portion of the doorway. 

What was described by some as “glitches” in the online process, was the final straw for many. 

“I just couldn’t get through it,” Noella Gouchie, a retiree, told The Northern View .“It’s not that it didn’t work, it just wouldn’t let me get through. Everything would freeze up,” she said. “So I just stopped.” 

Gouchie waited online for more than 30 minutes the night before and rebooted her computer four times to access her vaccine passport. She’s concerned how others, who are less tech-savvy than herself, will get their vaccine passports. 

“If I’m going through this, what about an awful lot of the elders and older people who don’t know how to fix this because I don’t know how to fix this. So, how are they going to fix it,” she said. 

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