The province with the greatest population in Canada has changed its mind and will adopt digital vaccine passports.
OTTAWA, Canada (Reuters) – Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced on Wednesday that people will be required to show digital proof that they have been inoculated against COVID-19 in order to enter a wide range of establishments, reversing its previous opposition to the proposal.
Beginning on September 22, people will be required to show proof of a complete vaccination in order to enter bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and indoor sporting facilities. Beginning on October 22, the information will be stored on mobile devices in the form of a digital vaccination passport.
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Doug Ford, who initially opposed the idea on the grounds that it would “create a split society,” now supports it, saying that the spread of the Delta variant has demonstrated the need for further action.
“We must take immediate action, which we will do, in order to protect our hospitals from further harm. Lockdowns must be avoided at all costs “He told reporters that people should get vaccinated and urged them to do so.
“Honestly, this is something I really didn’t want to do. Taking this step is a serious decision that we will not take lightly “he explained. Officials estimate that 76 percent of Ontarians have received both vaccinations.
As part of the federal election campaign, where Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regularly criticizes vaccine opponents, the issue of vaccination is being discussed.
His government announced last month that all federal public servants, as well as many other employees, would be required to be vaccinated. Travelers by air, train, and cruise ship are also covered by the mandate.
The prime minister told reporters on Wednesday that he would “continue to be steadfast and unequivocal – unlike some of the other leaders – on the way we get through this pandemic.”
Rapid testing, according to the opposition Conservatives, should be considered as an alternative to passports. Leader Erin O’Toole, on the other hand, has stated that he will respect whatever the ten provinces decide.
Ontario has become the fourth province to opt in to the passport program. While British Columbia and Manitoba have both announced plans to implement similar legislation, Quebec, the second-most populous province, introduced its own version on Wednesday.
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