Ontario’s Vaccine Certificate Program Kicks In Today

Ontario’s Vaccine Certificate Program Kicks In Today

Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine certificate system goes into effect today and businesses say they are ready for it.  James Rilett, Restaurants Canada’s vice-president for Central Canada, says restaurants are as prepared as they can be, but are expecting confrontations with some patrons. Ontario’s vaccine certificate system certificate program will force patrons at dine-in restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, sports facilities and other venues to present a receipt of full vaccination against COVID, along with government-issued identification, in order to be allowed inside. Fines are possible for businesses that don’t comply with the checks required by the system and for patrons who give false information. The provincial government says it aims to launch a QR code and verification app for businesses on October 22nd to streamline the process. For full details on the program: CLICK HERE (You will be redirected)

The Vaccine Passport Has Lead to a Surge in First Doses:

Chief medical officer Dr. Kieran Moore says Ontario’s proof of vaccination system has resulted in a rise in people getting their first doses. Moore says 85.2 per cent of eligible residents have now received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine and 79.2 per cent are fully vaccinated. He says that’s a great number but he would like to see a percentage well into the 90’s as the best way for the province to emerge from the pandemic. Moore also announced there have been 1,046 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in schools since students returned to class — which he says is no cause for alarm given the two-million students in public schools.

Toronto Launches New Vaccine Campaign:

A new campaign will bring mobile vaccine clinics to a number of Toronto shopping centres this weekend. The #ShopandVax initiative is part of the City of Toronto’s efforts to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible to residents. The city says vaccines will be administered at the Toronto Eaton Centre, Fairview Mall, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Shops at Don Mills and Sherway Gardens this coming Saturday and Sunday. The mobile vaccine clinics will run from noon to 5pm.

Ontario Numbers:

There were 574 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario yesterday and eight more deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says that 434 of those cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. Elliott says 330 people are hospitalized with the virus, with 303 not fully vaccinated. She says 179 people are in intensive care due to the virus, with only nine of those people fully vaccinated.

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Waterloo Region Public Health confirmed 17 new cases yesterday and no new deaths. Active cases dropped by 35, down to 216. There are now 10 people hospitalized. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says there were just 2 new positive cases yesterday. Active cases dropped from 201 to 119. There are still 6 people hospitalized.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: Global News – Photographer unidentified

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