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Ford government to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, those without them could face restrictions

Last Updated Dec 8, 2020 at 4:49 pm EDT

Ontario’s minister of health said the Ford government will eventually provide people that get vaccinated some form of proof that would allow them to travel or enter certain businesses, such as movie theatres.

Christine Elliott made the comments at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, saying those that decide to be treated will need the necessary documentation to show that they are protected from the threat of contracting COVID-19.

“That is going to be really important for people to have for travel purposes,” she said. “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.”

“Yes, it will be essential for people to have that,” Elliott added. 

The health minister said it’s the government’s goal to ensure everyone is properly educated when it comes to getting vaccinated and though the process is not mandatory, Elliott revealed that some people could face restrictions if they opt not to get the vaccine.

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“I think it’s fair to say that there are really two categories of people: one is the people that don’t want to receive the vaccine at all, under no circumstances,” she said.

“That’s their choice. This is not going to be a mandatory campaign. It will be voluntary. There may be some restrictions placed on people that don’t have vaccines for travel purposes, to be able to go to theatres and other places, but that will be on individual people to decide.”

Elliott said the other group, outside of “strict, anti-vaxxers”, consists of those that wish to receive the vaccine but would prefer waiting to see how it unfolds instead of being first in line.

“That’s where it’s really important for us to have a public campaign of education and awareness so other people will know. Some of it will be learning from other jurisdictions like the UK and probably the U.S. as well,” Elliott admitted.

“We want to have all of that information available to people to help them make the decision about whether they are considered to be the first group to receive the vaccine, whether they plan to receive that or not.”

A Toronto-based survey conducted in late November found that over 70 percent of people living in, or across certain parts of the city would “definitely” get vaccinated, while 33 percent of the 1,200 respondents said they would probably get treated.

Only 16 percent of those polled said they would not get the vaccine.

On Monday, Justin Trudeau and the federal government said Canada will secure over 200,000 of the vaccine. Health Canada has yet to approve the drug, but Trudeau said he wants to assure Canadians that any vaccine seen in the country will be safe and effective.

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