Ontario’s vaccine passport system starts today. Here’s what you need to know

Epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan explains how the new system will work.
September 22, 2021 9:33 a.m. EST

Vaccine passports have come to Ontario. Starting today, people will have to show proof of vaccination if they want to enter restaurants, movie theatres, gyms and other non-essential businesses. Currently, the way to prove your vaccination status will be through a receipt, available on the provincial website here.

Currently, users are instructed to print or save their receipts as a PDF to a mobile device which can then be used as proof-of-vaccination. Prior to entry into some non-essential settings, establishments will verify your vaccine certificate with accompanying government-issued physical ID. Employees will match the name and date of birth listed on the vaccination receipt with the information on the ID. 

Ontario has split its passport rollout into two stages. By October 22nd, the province will roll out an app and QR code that will act as proof of vaccination.

Epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan shared more about the new province-wide mandate, including how it will work, when you'll need to show proof of vaccination, and what will happen if customers don't comply.

Watch the video above to find out more about the new vaccine passport system.

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