The plan to end the vaccine passport program in mid-January has been dropped as case counts rise. According to CBC News, the province also announced it will require all proof of vaccination certificates to include QR codes. These new measures are supposed to be announced today but a senior government official gave details in advance.
The same official also explained that there are no plans to shut down schools in the province. With the winter holidays coming a week from tomorrow, they did not see it as a necessary precaution. This move comes after the province recorded its highest number of cases in a single day Thursday since May 24.
Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health is set to hold a briefing at 2 p.m. today. Previously the province said that requiring proof of vaccination in settings such as restaurants, bars, and cinemas would no longer be required after January 17. The reason for only accepting QR codes is to crackdown on fraudulent vaccine certificates.
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