No. 21/033 – September 15, 2021
Tuesday afternoon the provincial government released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations that will help with the implementation of proof of vaccination requirements, that are coming into effect on September 22, 2021. It is hoped that requiring proof of vaccination will encourage higher vaccination rates, provide better protection for people in higher-risk indoor settings, and help avoid a future lockdown as Ontario seeks to manage a 4th wave of the pandemic being driven by the Delta variant.
Leading up to September 22nd, Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal. People will be required to show their proof of vaccination along with another piece of government issued identification to order to access what have been deemed higher-risk and non-essential services and venues. Specific details on the rules and venues requiring proof of vaccination are included in ACEC-Ontario’s Member Bulletin from September 2nd. The province is developing an enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique QR code to make it safer, more secure, and convenient for people to provide proof of vaccination when necessary. The enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app have been scheduled to roll-out by October 22nd. Once the new electronic certificate and app are in place, the proof of vaccination guidance issued today will be updated to reflect new processes.
The government also announced this afternoon, having consulted with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and reviewing evidence and recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, that it will begin offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional groups, such as individuals with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency, individuals receiving active treatment for significantly immunosuppressive conditions and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Locations and timing for third doses will vary by public health unit and high-risk population based on local planning and considerations.