Sep 15, 2021
By Jane Brown
An app for COVID-19 vaccine certification in Ontario is said to be on track to be released October 22nd.
The governing Ford Progressive Conservatives at Queen’s Park have opted to have the Ontario Digital Service build the app itself, rather than hire a private sector company to do so, as has been the case in other provinces.
The vaccine certificate program officially begins a week from today, September 22nd, when individuals will need to show Ministry of Health proof of vaccination receipts along with photo identification to access non-essential businesses like theatres, restaurants and gyms.
The new system for October 22nd is to be linked with the provincial COVAX database. When a QR code is scanned, those allowing access to non-essential businesses will see a check mark or an X. Information about legitimate medical exemptions will also be embedded in the system.
As for those individuals who do not have a smartphone, they will be allowed to continue showing the proof of vaccine receipts.
And if business owners are being hassled for not allowing unvaccinated people into their establishments, Health Minister Christine Elliott says they are urged to call 9-11
In addition, the Ford Tories have laid out a number of scenarios where you don’t actually need proof of COVID vaccination.
Here’s a list of those exemptions:
To use the washroom
To pay for an order
To access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route
To place or pick up an order, including placing a bet or picking up winnings at a horse track
To purchase admission
To make a retail purchase
For the purposes of health and safety
WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS
A wedding or funeral service, rite or ceremony and you are not attending the associated social gathering or reception that is in a meeting or event space
Social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony that is being held in a business licensed under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2022
Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 12, the province says that a negative antigen COVID-19 test – taken no more than 48 hours prior – can be used to gain access to an indoor social gathering associated with a wedding or funeral
INDIVIDUALS UNDER A CERTAIN AGE
Children under 12 will not need to show proof of vaccination
People under the age of 18 who are entering the indoor premises of a facility used for sports and recreational facilities solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport
Proof of vaccination is also not required for retail shopping, salons and barbershops, banks, places of worship, essential services, workplaces or patios and other outdoor spaces.
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