Nova Scotia’s final phase of its COVID reopening plan begins Monday, which officials say includes mandatory vaccinations for businesses such as health workers and teachers by the end of November.
Dr Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, said vaccinations would be needed for a wide range of public employees, including hospital and long-term care workers, physicians, paramedics, teachers and other educational staff.
Strang said those workers would have to provide proof of vaccination by November 30 or risk being placed on unpaid administrative leave.
Workers who have not been vaccinated will be required to participate in a vaccine education program before the deadline, and all new employees in mandated occupations will be required to be fully vaccinated.
“The delta version has affected our epidemiology. The fourth wave is taking its toll across the country and is now in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Tim Houston on September 29.
“We can remove some restrictions with the added security of proof of complete vaccine protocols and our higher vaccination rates.”
Proof of full vaccination will be required for people 12 years of age and older to participate in non-essential events and activities that gather people together, such as restaurants, movies, sporting events, theater performances, going to social events, and the gym.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to navigate the new system.
People who have received their COVID-19 vaccine in Nova Scotia receive a digital copy of the ‘Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccine’ by email. The digital copy contains the date, time, location, type, brand and lot number of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Within the province, people can use their Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccines to show proof of vaccination, which is not a vaccine passport.
people can get theirs too Nova Scotia COVID-19 proof of online vaccination Or call 1-833-797-7772 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
Before traveling outside of Nova Scotia, people will need to check with the jurisdiction they are traveling to, the documentation required for proof of vaccination there.
From October 1, Nova Scotia adopted the standard draft proof of vaccination developed by the federal government. The format can be downloaded online, and includes a QR code.
People can also print out proof of vaccination, and even use the original Nova Scotia Vaccine Record format. People who were vaccinated in other jurisdictions can show evidence from there as well.
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In some cases, valid ID – such as a driver’s license – will be required to verify that the person is showing their proof of vaccination.
Proof of vaccination is not required for children 11 years of age and younger who participate in event activities with a fully vaccinated adult.
Nova Scotians will be required to show proof of full vaccination to attend or participate in discretionary, non-essential events, activities and services, including:
- Full-service restaurants where patrons sit at tables, both indoors and on the patio
- Food establishments (such as fast food and coffee shops) where people sit down to eat and drink, both indoors and on the patio (not including takeout, drive-thru, or delivery)
- Liquor license (drinking) establishments (such as bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms, craft taprooms and wine makers), both indoors and on the patio
- Casino and gaming establishments, both indoors and on the patio
- Fitness establishments (such as gyms and yoga studios) and sports and recreation facilities (such as arenas, pools and large multipurpose recreational facilities)
- Businesses and organizations offering indoor and outdoor recreational and leisure activities (such as climbing facilities, dance classes, escape rooms, go-karts, indoor arcades, indoor play spaces, music lessons, pottery painting, shooting ranges and outdoor adventures)
- Indoor and outdoor festivals, special events and arts and culture events (such as theater performances, concerts and movie theaters), unless they are outdoor events held in a public place with no specific entry point (such as nocturnal)
- Indoor and outdoor sports drills, games, competitions and tournaments (participants and spectators)
- Activities based on indoor and outdoor extracurricular activities including sports
- Bus, boat and walking tours
- Museum, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Public Library Program
- internal and external events and activities such as receptions, social events, conferences and trainings organized by a business or organization
- Indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funerals (including receptions and visitations) that are organized by a business or organization
- Community meetings in rental locations or where the public can attend (such as annual general meetings of businesses or organizations)
- Training conducted by a business or organization (such as driver training or courses offered by a business that provides training) and any training using rental space
According to the province, under the protocol, proof of vaccination is not required for employees of businesses and organizations offering events and activities, however, proof of vaccination is required for volunteers who host events and activities, lead or organize.
Proof of full vaccination is not required for most places that do not host formal gatherings and places that offer essential, non-discretionary services and activities, including:
- retail shop
- financial institutions
- Professional services such as accountants and lawyers
- Personal services such as hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons and body art establishments
- Health services and health…