Beginning on Sept. 22, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required at many non-essential businesses in Ontario.
According to a live announcement by Premier Doug Ford and other government officials on CTV News Toronto, proof of vaccination will be required at gyms, movie theatres, and will be needed to dine indoors at restaurants under Ontario’s new COVID-19 vaccine certificate program. However, it will not be needed for retail shopping or outdoor patios.
Proof of vaccination certificate would be used alongside a government-issued ID. The province is also working on a phone app that will combine both ID and the vaccine certification. According to CTV’s sources, this information will be embedded into a personalized QR code in October and would allow vaccinated individuals to use their smartphones to display their vaccine status. It is still unknown how this could work for people with no access to cellphones.
According to Waterloo Region’s vaccination task force, approximately 400,000 residents in the Waterloo Region have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 67.9 per cent of residents have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.