Proof of vaccination will soon be required to access non-essential businesses in Ontario. This will include venues such as gyms, indoor restaurants, movie theaters, concerts, and organized large gatherings. Ontario’s new vaccination certification program will take effect on September 22, according to CTV News Toronto.
Sources from the government said on Wednesday that residents in the province would not need the certificate for retail shopping or outdoor patios. The government is trying to implement an app that would combine a government-issued ID with the vaccine certification. The vaccine information can be personalized into a QR code in October which would allow individuals to use their phones instead.
Many advocates are concerned about implementing the vaccine passport only on smartphones because that would leave the elderly, the poor, or the homeless out to dry. Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist expects an increase in vaccinations following this announcement. He explained “We will likely see a pretty reasonable jump in people booking their vaccines. We saw that in France, we saw that in Quebec, we saw that in B.C. I think we will probably see the same thing in Ontario.”
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