Ontario will require patrons to provide proof of vaccination starting next week
Effective on September 22, 2021, Ontario will require individuals to provide proof of vaccination to access certain businesses and settings. The measure comes into effect to protect Ontario residents as the province faces the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this article, you will find the following information:
- Settings that will require proof of vaccination
- What can I show as proof of identification?
- Exemptions to the regulation
- Who is considered fully vaccinated?
- What can I show as proof of vaccination?
- How can I get my proof of vaccination?
- What happens if I ignore this requirement or provide false documentation?
- Vaccine certificate with a QR code
The province of Ontario focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where masks can’t be worn all the time. This includes:
- Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities.
- Food or drink establishments with dance facilities, such as nightclubs and restaurants, clubs, and other similar establishments.
- Meeting and event spaces.
- Sports and fitness facilities and gyms, with the exception of youth recreational sports.
- Casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments.
- Concert venues, theatres, and cinemas.
- Bathhouses, sex clubs, and strip clubs.
- Horse racing tracks, car racing tracks, and other similar venues.
- Also, indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences.
Individuals who attend these places must show proof of vaccination and identification. Of course, this includes birth certificate, citizenship card, driver’s license, government (Ontario or other) issued identification cards like health cards. In addition, you can present Indian Status Card /Indigenous Membership Card, Passport, Permanent Resident card.
Exemptions include children under age 12, youth under age 18 participating in indoor organized sport, and patrons with a medical exemption. Moreover, weddings, funerals, rites, or ceremonies, when the patron is not attending the associated social gathering. For example, the reception after a wedding ceremony.
- Individuals with a full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines.
- In addition, people with one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada.
- Also, individuals with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada.
Patrons also need to receive their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of vaccination.
- An Ontario vaccination receipt from a vaccine clinic when you received your dose (paper copy)
- A vaccination receipt signed by an Indigenous Health Provider
- An Ontario Ministry of Health vaccination receipt received by email following your appointment (digital or printed paper copy)
- Downloaded vaccination receipt from Ontario’s provincial booking portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (digital or printed paper copy)
- A vaccination receipt from another jurisdiction that shows the holder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the province, you can print or download vaccine receipts from your computer, phone, or tablet.
- If you have a green photo health card
You can print your vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal. You can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.
- If you don’t have a health card
You have to contact your local public health unit, so they can verify your identity verified. In addition, they should give you a COVID ID/Personal Access Code. Also, individuals should call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to provide this COVID ID in order to arrange to receive their vaccine receipt by email.
- If I don’t have an address
Individuals can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to arrange to receive their vaccination receipt delivered to a trusted friend, family member, or community organization.
- You received your first or second dose out of province or out of the country
You should contact their local public health unit to record their information and receive an Ontario receipt that they can access or print from the provincial booking portal.
If you do not provide proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated, you will not be permitted entry to the specified settings. Also, failure to show complete and accurate information is an offence under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.
By October 22, 2021, Ontario will develop and implement an enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique QR code and verification application. This will allow users to securely and safely verify their vaccination status when scanned. Ontario’s Proof of Vaccination Guidance will be updated to reflect the new processes. Certainly, paper vaccination receipts will remain valid after October 22.
For more information, please visit Ontario’s website.
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