CALGARY, CANADA – An apartment management company out of Alberta with over 1,500 apartments in Edmonton and Calgary has become the first such company to mandate new tenants show proof of having received a COVID-19 shot.
Strategic Group made the announcement at the end of October. On top of that, existing tenants will have to provide proof of the shot to be able to access common areas (the gym and party rooms, for example). Fortunately, the tenants will not be kicked out of their homes if they haven’t received a shot.
“We’re proud of it,” chief operating officer Tracey Steman said. “Very proud of it. And we’d like to see other landlords implement the same policy. It will help to end this pandemic.”
“We’ve had really good feedback from our tenants,” Steman said. “We just heard from one who said, and I’ll quote it, ‘As someone who’s lost family members to COVID in the last year, it’s refreshing to see a company invest in the well-being of the community.”‘
John Dickie is the president of the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations, representing the Canadian rental housing industry. He said that this requirement is the first he’s heard of its kind.
“This is the first I’ve heard of that,” Dickie said. “Rental housing providers realize people need housing. We’re not in the habit of inquiring into people’s political views.”
When asked if he believed other rental companies would follow in Strategic Group’s footsteps, he answered, “It’s possible. Some people are reluctant to be the first adopter. But I don’t think it would be very widespread. We’re not the health police.”
Litigation is uncharted territory for this type of requirement.
“We want to stress the importance for other landlords to do the same and to help to end this pandemic,” Steman said.
Red Voice Media would like to make a point of clarification on why we do not refer to any shot related to COVID-19 as a "vaccine." According to the CDC, the definition of a vaccine necessitates that said vaccine have a lasting effect of at least one year in preventing the contraction of the virus or disease it's intended to fight. Because all of the COVID-19 shots thus far available have barely offered six months of protection, and even then not absolute, Red Voice Media has made the decision hereafter to no longer refer to the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson substances as vaccinations.