Important things to know with three days before Ontario’s vaccination certificate program – .

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Important things to know with three days before Ontario’s vaccination certificate program – .


TORONTO – A few days before Ontario’s vaccination certificate program goes into effect, there are some important things to know about how it works.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to access non-essential businesses in Ontario starting September 22.

People eligible for a vaccination certificate must have both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

These are the answers to some of the main questions about the program.

How do you get your vaccination certificate?

The province has split its vaccine passport rollout into two stages.

In the first step, starting September 22, fully immunized residents must navigate to the provincial website to collect their immunization receipts.

Click here for proof of your COVID-19 vaccine.

Users are encouraged to print or save their receipts in PDF format on a mobile device which can then be used as proof of vaccination.

Before entering non-essential environments, facilities will visually verify your vaccination certificate with a government-issued physical ID.

This process will be in place until October 22, when the province’s QR code and verification app goes into effect.

At that time, users will need to request their certificate through the next digital portal or the provincial service center.

Click here for more information on obtaining your proof of vaccine.

Where do you need proof of vaccine?

Ontarians will need proof of vaccination in most non-essential settings.

All other public health measures, such as masking and screening, will still apply in areas where you need a vaccination certificate.

Here are some examples of these settings:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor terraces)
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor spaces)
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference / convention centers
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and physical training of people, such as gymnasiums, fitness facilities and recreational facilities (except recreational sports for young people)
  • Sport events
  • Indoor spaces in water parks
  • Indoor areas for commercial film and television productions with studio audiences
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Concerts, music festivals, theaters and cinemas
  • Strip clubs, public baths and sex clubs
  • Race locations

The government has said that at no time will an unvaccinated person be prevented from accessing necessary medical care, food from grocery stores, basic medical supplies or other essentials.

Click here for a detailed list of when you will be exempted from presenting a vaccination certificate.

The province has warned that proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recent infection will not replace vaccine certificates.

Can I get a medical exemption if I cannot get the vaccine?

The Ontario government has stated that there are two valid medical exemptions for getting vaccinated.

The first would be an allergic reaction to a component of the vaccine in an individual, which must be confirmed by an allergist or immunologist.

The second would be if an individual suffered from myocarditis or pericarditis after the first dose of a vaccine.

If you have a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine certificate program, you must show proof of identification and a written document.

Children under 12 will not need to show proof of vaccination.

Do you have more questions about the vaccination certificate program? E-mail [email protected]

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