Ontario Chamber of Commerce issues guidelines for businesses on proof of vax protocols – .

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce issues guidelines for businesses on proof of vax protocols – .


The Ontario Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday released a framework for private sector companies seeking to develop COVID-19 vaccination proof protocols, a move it said was intended to provide support in the absence of guidelines government.

The organization – which represents more than 150 chambers of commerce and chambers of commerce in the province – said implementing proof of vaccination would help businesses reopen safely and mitigate the risk of further closures.

“In the absence of government guidance on national applicability, we hope these principles can avoid a piecemeal approach across the province,” Rocco Rossi, president and CEO of the organization, said in a statement.

“We have already seen a number of companies, organizations, associations, unions and post-secondary institutions implement their own proof of vaccination policies,” Rossi added. “With this framework, private sector companies can implement similar programs with shared confidence.”

The guidelines issued by the chamber of commerce set out five principles for businesses when establishing their own systems, including using the least intrusive way possible to verify vaccination status and providing accommodation based on rights concerns. of man.

Several public sector organizations recently announced that they would require proof of employee vaccination.

A number of associations, unions and advocacy groups have also called for a province-wide vaccine certification system to be implemented, especially in light of the highly contagious Delta variant which is on the rise. origin of a fourth wave of infections.

Meanwhile, the scientific director of the province’s pandemic science advisory group said vaccine certificates would keep high-risk – unvaccinated – people out of high-transmission environments such as restaurants, bars and gyms. .

Premier Doug Ford has so far refused to implement a province-wide vaccination certificate system.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott noted on Tuesday that the province provided residents with proof of vaccination receipts after receiving their first and second doses, and said the vaccine passports provided by the federal government for international travel could be used nationally by companies.

The latest provincial data shows that just over 82% of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and just over 75% have received two. The best doctor in the province noted that vaccination has slowed down and daily infections are on the rise again.

Other provinces have announced plans for proof of vaccination systems.

On Monday, British Columbia said its residents will need a vaccination card to enter restaurants, clubs, paid sporting events and organized gatherings like weddings.

Quebec, meanwhile, will require proof of two doses of the vaccine as of September 1 to access non-essential services such as bars and restaurants.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 24, 2021.

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