Friday, September 30, 2022

Ontario launches vaccine certification program

Ontario Governor Doug Ford (second from left) answered a question at a press conference. Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Christine Elliott, Deputy Governor and Minister of Health, and Kaled Rasheed, Deputy Minister of Digital Government, listen to September 2021 1 Day was held in Queens Park in Toronto. (Canadian Media/Tiana Martin)

Ontario has announced its own version of the COVID-19 vaccine certificate, which will be required for non-essential businesses in the province starting September 22.

Doug Ford Announce Wednesday’s new vaccine certificate policy stated that vaccinations are required to obtain non-essential services, such as restaurants, bars, casinos and other indoor facilities. This certificate is not applicable to outdoor activities.

“It’s no secret, it’s something I don’t want to do. This is a serious step, and we will not take it lightly,” Ford said.

“This is a temporary tool, we will not use it for more than a day, but…I know this is what we have to do, and now we are facing the fourth wave.”

Christine Elliott, Ontario’s chief health officer, said the new policy does not apply to children under the age of 12 and will provide a “legal medical exemption.”

Elliott said: “At no time will people be denied access to medical services, grocery store food or basic medical supplies because of vaccination.”

Basic services such as retail stores, salons, banks and places of worship also do not require vaccination certificates.

When Ford announced the new policy, a mass protest against vaccine certificates was held in Queens Park on Wednesday. Hundreds of people marched along Yonge Street, chanting “No Vax Pass”.

Protest again A check for vaccine passports will be held in Queens Park on September 4.

The Ontario government is working to create a personalized QR code for vaccinated individuals, which will be launched on October 22. The QR code can be printed or stored on a smartphone. An application for companies to scan and confirm QR code content is also under development and is expected to be released in October.

The province is also working to establish a system for people who do not have an email, health card or ID card to prove their vaccination status.

Until the digital vaccine certificate is issued in October, residents of the province can use their Vaccination receipt It can be found on the provincial website.

Ford also stated that Ontario will be consistent with other provinces that have introduced similar vaccine certification policies.

Currently, vaccine passports have been launched in several other provinces, including British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba.

Chen Ande

Andrew is a reporter based in Toronto.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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