This afternoon, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, accompanied by Health Minister Christine Elliott and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore, announced the rollout of an “enhanced vaccine certificate”, which will allow certain establishments to only permit fully vaccinated attendees.
According to Ford, the certificate program will be rolled out in two phases. Starting on September 22nd, people will be required to show the vaccine receipt they received after their second dose, along with a piece of photo ID, in order to access certain services. Then, on October 22nd, the provincial government will be rolling out a vaccine certificate in the form of a QR code, which will be able to tell businesses that you have been fully vaccinated. Along with this, the government will be rolling out an app for businesses to scan the QR code, while also protecting people’s privacy.
The vaccine certificate is intended to be used in spaces where large groups may gather, or where masking is unable to be enforced. These spaces include restaurants, bars, nightclubs, indoor sporting events, as well as meeting and event spaces such as movie theatres and concerts. For a list of services that will and will not be affected by the vaccine certificate program, click here.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore stressed that essential services such as medical care, groceries, and medical supplies will not be locked behind the vaccine certificate program. Furthermore, people with valid medical exemptions and children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine will still be able to access all spaces.
Ford stressed that this program is a temporary measure, and will be disbanded as soon as it is deemed possible to do so.
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