Ontario implemented its vaccine passport system for indoor settings on September 22. Also known as a vaccine receipt, this proof-of-vaccination document will be the key to access non-essential services such as restaurants, bars, sporting events and more. social gatherings. By October 22, the province will also provide people with personal QR codes and a verification app for businesses to submit.
Here’s a look at how Ontario’s proof-of-vaccination system works, and how you can access your vaccination passport.
What is a Proof-of-Vaccination Document?
Also known as a vaccine receipt or vaccine passport, this is a document you can download to your phone or print to show businesses that you have been fully vaccinated. Currently, vaccine receipts are available in PDF form.
The province says businesses and patrons who don’t follow the rules could be fined.
Read our province-to-province guide on changing mandates, restrictions and vaccine passport requirements across Canada
How does the Ontario Vaccine Passport work?
You are eligible to receive your proof of vaccination for any dose received in Ontario, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated (pop-up clinic, pharmacy, and so on).
Although you can download a receipt for each dose you receive, to be able to enter a business, you must show proof of your second vaccination. You Fully vaccinated is considered if you have:
- the full range of Health Canada-approved vaccines (ie two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca, or AstraZeneca in combination with the mRNA shot), or a combination of one or two doses not approved by Health Canada followed by one dose of Pfizer . or modern.
- Three doses of a vaccine is not authorized by Canada.
The last dose of any vaccine combination should be taken at least 14 days before you are allowed to enter most indoor settings. Proof of vaccination may also include a vaccination receipt from another jurisdiction indicating that the holder has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Ontario does not fully consider previous infection with COVID-19 a substitute for vaccination. People without vaccination will not be allowed to submit negative COVID-19 test instead of certificate.
How do I download my passport?
you need to login provincial portal To download or print the electronic COVID-19 receipt (PDF).
To download your proof of vaccination, you must have a green OHIP photo card, as you will be entering the card information to pull up your vaccination record.
If you do not have a computer or printer, you can call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 and they will mail you a copy. in many cities, including Toronto, library branches have said that people can print vaccine receipts at any place for free.
The rollout has been relatively smooth so far. A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott told The Canadian Press that following launch day, the site was down for “routine maintenance” for a few hours on Wednesday morning, but it was up and running again as of 8 a.m. ET.
How can you get a vaccine passport without a photo health card?
If you do not have a photo health card, or if you have a red and white health card, you must call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.
Even without a health card, you are eligible for the vaccine. You can contact your local public-health unit where you will be asked for another form of identification and they will help you book an appointment.
When Will Ontario’s Vaccine Passport App Be Available for Download?
The province plans to launch a QR code and verification app along with a smartphone app for businesses by October 22. Ontarians may continue to use paper receipts.
Ontario says it is developing the app in-house using the Smart Health Card standard, an open source system for generating QR codes developed by Boston Children’s Hospital. The same standard is being used for the vaccine passport systems already in place in British Columbia and Quebec.
Where do you need to show vaccination proof?
According to the Ontario government website, proof of vaccination will be required for indoor activities including restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, theaters and sports venues.
That list includes:
- Restaurant and bar (excluding the outdoor patio, as well as delivery and takeout).
- Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment).
- Meeting and event venues, such as banquet halls and convention/convention centres.
- Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities, with the exception of youth recreational sports.
- sporting events.
- Casinos, Bingo Halls and Gambling Establishments.
- Concerts, concerts, theaters and cinemas.
- Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs.
- Racing venues (eg, horse racing).
Ontario says that since the risk of transmission is low in outdoor environments such as restaurant patios, proof of vaccination is not required.
Who can get a medical exemption from proof of vaccination?
As COVID-19 vaccine passports come into force across Canada, doctors have reported an increase in requests for medical exemptions – but health officials say there are very few conditions that meet the criteria.
“The reality is that there are very few valid medical exemptions for vaccination, so it’s fairly straightforward,” said Catherine Smart, president of the Canadian Medical Association.
What are the conditions for a valid medical exemption?
- Anaphylaxis to any of the ingredients in the vaccine as confirmed by an allergist or immunologist.
- Having had a significant allergic reaction to the first dose.
- Myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle and a rare side effect of three vaccines, before receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
In Ontario, to use non-essential services, people with a medical exemption must provide a written document, completed and supplied by a physician, stating that the person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 for medical reasons. Totally exempted from vaccination against and effective time period for medical reasons as per the Ministry of Health. They will also have to provide valid proof of identity.
Ontario says it is working to integrate exemptions into the Digital Vaccine Certificate app. Children who are unable to get the COVID-19 vaccine are also exempted.
As of October 12, those who have not been fully vaccinated can still attend indoor gatherings for weddings, funerals, and certain rites or ceremonial events if they test a negative COVID-19 antigen within the past 48 hours. are able to provide.
What does Doug Ford say about Vaccine Passport?
Ontario Premier Doug Ford was reluctant to impose a vaccine passport, saying in July that he was against such measures because they would create a “divided society”. Mr Ford later reversed course, announcing on 14 September that vaccine certification was necessary to avoid another lockdown.
In a statement after Canada’s federal election, the premier acknowledged concerns about “civil liberties and the right to privacy” and urged the people of Ontario not to vent their frustrations over businesses. Mr Ford said the system is a temporary measure, but did not disclose criteria for eliminating the requirement. He said the decision would be based on the advice of the province’s top health officials. Mr. Ford’s critics accused him of dragging his feet; The government had plans for QR code certification, formulated last December, but never acted on them.
Good morning, Ontario.
Starting today, proof of vaccination is required for select settings. I know this can be tough for some people, but we are indebted to our businesses for doing everything we can to survive the lockdown.
Please be patient. Let us all continue to support our wonderful businesses.
— Doug Ford (@FordNation) September 22, 2021
What are the guidelines for enforcement?
Ontario issued guidelines for businesses in mid-September. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce welcomed the guidance but raised the issue that the rules apply only to customers, not employees, meaning that people who must show a vaccine receipt to eat at a restaurant may receive an unvaccinated Can be served by a waiter.
Businesses are required to check that the name and date of birth on the vaccination receipt match the identity of the patron before allowing entry. Businesses are not required to validate medical exemption notes, officials say, adding that a standardized note for exemptions is underway.
Individuals face up to $750 in fines, Or $1,000 for corporations for breaking the rules.
What are the other provinces’ vaccine passport plans?
Quebec announced in August that the province would bar unvaccinated people from accessing non-essential public places. The Vaccine Passport system, which relies on a QR code app, launched on September 1 across the province. Manitoba also implemented one of the earlier vaccine passport systems.
Young adults have responded to BC’s passport program by booking their shots.
Alberta and Saskatchewan later announced their own vaccine certifications, as they began to experience hospital crises led by unvaccinated patients. After Alberta announced its proof-of-vaccination efforts, the number of vaccine bookings tripled.
Newfoundland and Labrador based its system on the Quebec model and all Atlantic provinces are implementing the passport as well. Not every maritime province will apply in the same way. PEI and Nova Scotia expect people to voluntarily comply. Starting September 22, people in New Brunswick were required to show ID and proof of full vaccination to access restaurants, bars and gyms.
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