Ontario COVID-19 vaccine certificate program for many indoor public settings now in effect

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It’s been three weeks since Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced plans to implement a COVID-19 vaccine certificate program for several indoor public settings throughout the province, but residents 12 and older will now be vaccinated starting September 22. or proof of valid medical exemption.

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“There are many people who are concerned about this policy and I want you to know that I hear you. I understand your concerns about protecting your civil liberties and your right to privacy,” Ford said said in a statement issued on Tuesday, called the measure temporary.

“While many fully vaccinated people like me share these concerns, the bigger concern is experiencing a re-closure or a sudden increase in cases like in Alberta and Saskatchewan.”


Ontario COVID-19 vaccine certificate a ‘temporary’ measure needed to avoid another lockdown, says Doug Ford

The decision to go ahead with the vaccine certificate marked a turnaround in the situation for Ford, who had previously said he was against such initiatives. However, he said that in the absence of a national vaccine passport, he went ahead with the program.

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Ontario’s program will be launched in two phases. Beginning September 22, residents wishing to visit settings identified by the provincial government must show proof of full immunization for at least 14 days or a valid medical exemption with a piece of identification. Starting 22 October, a QR code-based mobile application is set to launch for use by residents and businesses in place of current vaccination receipts (alternatively people can download enhanced receipts with a QR code that can be scanned). May go).

Where would a vaccine certificate be required?

Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concert venues, gyms and fitness facilities, theatres, cinemas, racetracks, waterparks, TV and film productions with studio audiences, sports venues, casino and gaming establishments, meeting and event spaces, strip clubs and bathhouses .

What type of ID will be accepted in combination with receipt and/or QR code, or medical discount?

Driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, citizenship card, Ontario photo card or other government-issued identification, Indian status card or Indigenous membership card or permanent resident card.

How will businesses check someone’s proof of vaccination?

When checking proof-of-vaccination documents, business operators and employees were encouraged to match the person’s name and birthday against the identity they produced. They were also encouraged to see that two doses of a vaccine and at least 14 days had passed since the last dose.

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Employees of businesses will eventually no longer need to verify the validity of the medical exemption or receipt being provided.

What to do if you are not a resident of Ontario?

If you are visiting Ontario and have not been vaccinated in the province, the program will accept proof of full vaccination from wherever you live, along with government identification.

When will you not be asked to show your certificate and who is exempt from the program?

People who only need to use the washroom, pay for orders, access an outdoor area that can only be done in an indoor way, place or pick up a to-go order, buy admission, a retail Buying something at the store or if there is for health and safety reasons will usually be discounted.

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Children under the age of 12, who cannot currently be vaccinated against COVID-19, will not be subject to screening under Ontario’s rules. Children under the age of 18 who enter an indoor venue for organized sports will also be exempt.

When it comes to funerals, weddings and other religious ceremonies or rites, proof of vaccination will not be required unless the person is attending any associated social gatherings (such as receptions). Attending a social gathering specific to a funeral is exempt if it is being held in a funeral home or any other facility approved under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act.

Those who are citing medical exemptions will not be required to submit proof of negative COVID-19 test under the programme. However, there is nothing under the regulation preventing businesses from implementing such a policy. Government employees encourage business owners who wish to take additional measures to consult an attorney.

According to An Ontario Health Ministry memorandum on medical exemptionsExamples of causes include severe allergies, anaphylaxis, myocarditis or pericarditis. A time-limited remission will also be granted if a person is receiving monoclonal antibody therapy or convalescent plasma therapy.

What is a penalty and how will enforcement work?

Down Ontario government regulationFines will start at $750 for individuals who do not comply with the screening or who submit fraudulent documents, and $1,000 for businesses.

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The officers of the Municipal Bylaws and/or the Provincial Offenses Act will be the main enforcers of the rules.

However, if someone is in physical danger in relation to getting screened, Ontario’s deputy premier and health minister encouraged them to call 911.

What if you don’t have a copy of my second COVID-19 vaccine dose receipt or mobile device?

Receipts can be downloaded from the Government of Ontario website (Click hereIf you do not have a computer or printer, you can call the Ontario Government Vaccine Information Line at 1-833-943-3900.

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