Ontario, Canada’s most populous province appears to be the first province in Canada that will issue cards showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
While the debate continues about whether a government can unilaterally impose mandatory vaccination, it may become a moot question if private institutions demand proof of vaccination to access facilities or services.
In late November, Australia’s Qantas airline said when the vaccines become available, it will demand proof of vaccination before passengers can board international flights. The announcement sparked some negative reaction on social media.
Christine Elliot, Ontario’s Minister of Health seemed to refer to such moves during a news conference on Tuesday saying that such card is “going to be really important for people to have for travel purposes, perhaps for work purposes, for going to theatres or cinemas, or any other places where people will be in closer physical contact when we get through the worst of the pandemic”.
Ontario’s announcement this week means it will be joining the US and the UK in issuing such cards.
It is expected that vaccine doses could arrive and begin distribution in Canada next week. Initially the vaccines will be administered to the elderly who are most at risk and to caregivers.
Gen.(ret) Rick Hillier who is leading the Ontario distribution team said the province will receive enough vaccine to inoculate 1.2 million people during the first three months of 2021. There are over 14 million people in the province.
- Gov’t of Ontario:Dec 7/20: press statement- Ontario identifies key groups for distribution of initial COVID-19 vaccines
- Canadian Press (Simcoe Today): ec 8.20: Ontario to provide proof of vaccination
- BlogTO: L O’Neil: Dec 8/20: Ontario says people may need to show proof of vaccination cards for certain activities
- CBC: Dec 8/20: Ontario plans for proof of vaccination cards as 1,676 new COVID-19 cases reported
- CNN: Bonifield/Vera: Dec 3/20: Vaccination cards will be issued to everyone getting COVID-19 vaccine, health officials say
- BBC: nov 23/20: COVID-vaccination will be required to fly, says Qantas chief