Ontario’s vaccine certificate system: What to know and what it will look like

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The Ford government is issuing new guidance for Proof of its vaccination system, which will be implemented from next week.

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Beginning September 22, Ontarians must verify and demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated to enter many businesses, including indoor restaurants, nightclubs (outdoor and indoor), movie theaters, gyms and concert venues , but are not limited to these.

The vaccine certificate system does not apply to essential activities such as grocery shopping and access to medical care and services.

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The government does not require proof of vaccination for outdoor bars and restaurants, but will ask for official documentation for indoor settings. This exemption would allow people who are unaffiliated to enter a business to use the washroom facilities to dine in a courtyard.

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The Ford government also disclosed some exemptions where a person would not need proof of vaccination. This includes patrons entering an indoor business to pay for orders or make retail purchases.

From September 22, it is not mandatory for those attending a wedding or funeral service to show proof of vaccination, but after October 12, if you are attending a social gathering after a wedding or funeral, the government says that you will need to prove that you have been fully vaccinated.

Children under 12 years of age are exempted from providing proof of vaccination.

Beginning September 22, Ontarians will be required to provide proof of full immunization to access the following: (not including those with medical exemptions and children under 12)

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout)
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment)
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centers
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities, excluding youth recreational sports
  • sporting events
  • Casinos, Bingo Halls and Gaming Establishments
  • concerts, concerts, theaters and theaters
  • Strip Clubs, Bathrooms and Sex Clubs
  • Racing venues (such as horse racing)

The Ford government also clarified what proof of vaccination should look like.

Beginning September 22, Ontarians must show their vaccine receipt, along with official identification, to prove that they have been given a double dose. Government ID can include a birth certificate, citizenship card, driver’s license, Ontario health card, indigenous membership card, passport or permanent residence card.

What does proof of vaccination look like:

On October 22, the province aims to launch a QR code and verification app to streamline the process for businesses. The government says it is still targeting that date and has confirmed it has a working prototype. Officials recently confirmed that it was building the app in-house, rather than bringing in existing technology from another province like Quebec, Whose QR Code has already been read in use.

The Ford government says it is up to businesses to ensure they properly meet the requirements for proof of vaccination, adding that in case of harassment, it has asked institutions to contact local law enforcement. goes.

Non-compliance by businesses and specific individuals can result in fees and fines under Ontario’s Reopening Act.

The government says provincial crime officers, which include subpoenas, police officers, public health inspectors and regulatory officials from ministries, can enforce proof of vaccination requirements.

The province’s vaccine certification system appears to have encouraged people without protection to go out and get the first shot.

The government says about 103,000 first doses were given in the first seven days after the September 1 announcement on vaccine certificates. This is compared to about 78,000 doses seven days before the announcement.

Ontario says 84 percent of people aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 78 percent being fully immunized against the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 452 of the 577 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario today are in people who have not been fully vaccinated or have unknown immunization status.

Anti-vaccine protests have erupted across the province and city in recent days and weeks following the government’s announcement on vaccine passports. Hundreds gathered on Monday Protest against evidence of vaccination outside Toronto General Hospital. Toronto frontline workers and first responders also protested the vaccine mandate, holding a silent rally outside Queens Park.

The demonstrations have attracted anger and outrage from politicians and health workers, who say they should be treated with respect.

ER doctor Raghu Venugopal told 680 NEWS on Monday, “This protest should not happen here.” “Not everyone who works behind me in this hospital passes laws. Laws are passed in Queens Park. Not in this hospital.”

An organization calling itself Canadian Frontline Nurses posted notices of “silent vigils” held in all ten provinces, saying they were meant to criticize public health measures taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.

With files from the Canadian Press

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