The Ontario government recently announced the implementation of a vaccine passport following the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in the province. As Ontario battles the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government took note that a majority of the infections were recorded in unvaccinated people.
When Will the Vaccine Passport Be Implemented?
The Ontario Ministry of Health will implement the vaccine passports starting September 22, 2021. Citizens and residents in Ontario can access their proof of vaccination on the provincial government website. You will require your Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card to log in to the website. The vaccine passport will state that you have completed the course of the vaccination. This passport can either be saved on your phone as a PDF or be printed as a hard copy.
Vaccine passports issued outside of Ontario will also be considered provided the holder has received one of the 4 approved vaccines in Canada. These include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Covishield, and Johnson & Johnson. The Ontario government requires you to have 2 doses of the vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated or a follow-up dose of either Pfizer or Moderna.
How Will Vaccine Passports Be Used in Ontario?
You will be required to present either a hard or digital copy of your vaccine certificate along with a government-issued identification to verify your name, date of birth, etc with the vaccine passport. The government is also working on developing a mobile application to allow businesses to scan and verify the contents of your vaccine passport using a QR code. This application is expected to be launched in October.