Ontario border officer asks Toronto couple to quarantine themselves for 14 days despite being fully vaccinated – .

Ontario border officer asks Toronto couple to quarantine themselves for 14 days despite being fully vaccinated – .

TORONTO – A fully vaccinated Ontario couple has been in quarantine at home for nine days after being ordered to do so upon arrival at Toronto Pearson.

Patricia and Basil McDonald were returning from a visit to their son in Florida via Pearson Airport on July 7.

Fully vaccinated and having just completed a COVID-19 test 72 hours ago, they did not expect to encounter any problems.

Nine days later, the McDonalds are still in quarantine at their home with five days remaining for reasons they don’t quite understand.

“It’s very unfair,” Patricia McDonald told CTV News Toronto on Friday.

Patricia and Basil both received two doses of Moderna – the first doses in February and the second in March. They said they submitted their digital immunization records through ArriveCAN and completed their COVID-19 tests by July 7.

Currently, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and eligible foreign nationals who have spent two weeks since a full course of one of the four COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada are supposed to be granted a quarantine exemption. .

McDonald said his documents were approved in Chicago, but not at Toronto Pearson.

“When I showed him the documents… [the border agent] said: ‘You have to quarantine for 14 days. You can take a test kit and start your quarantine, ”McDonald said.

The next day, McDonald called the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to inquire about the decision.

“They said they had to stick with what the officer decided,” McDonald said, adding that she was told she should have tried to resolve the issue while she was still at Pearson Airport.

CTV News Toronto contacted the CBSA who responded by stating that they were “unable to provide comment on specific cases and could not speculate on certain outcomes.”

“Each traveler presents to a border services officer in different circumstances, with different levels of information available,” CBSA spokesperson Rebecca Purdy told CTV News Toronto on Friday.

“Many factors come into play when the CBSA determines whether a person is authorized to enter Canada and what instructions are provided to the traveler with respect to their public health obligations. “

McDonald still doesn’t know why this happened to her and her husband.

“It’s very stressful. I just hope this doesn’t have to happen to someone else.


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