Ontario Releasing Proof of Vaccination Guidance to Support Businesses and Expanding Third Dose Eligibility

Summary

As Ontario continues to fight the fourth wave of the pandemic driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, our government is further protecting Ontarians through continued actions that encourage every eligible person to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Today our government released guidance for businesses and organizations to support proof of vaccination requirements in certain settings, which takes effect on September 22, 2021. Requiring proof of vaccination will help increase vaccination rates, protect individuals in higher-risk indoor settings, and keep businesses open.

To further increase vaccine uptake, the province is continuing its last mile strategy to reach eligible individuals who have yet to receive a first or second dose. As we continue our last mile push, requiring proof of immunization in select settings will encourage even more Ontarians to receive the vaccine and stop the spread of COVID-19.

To further protect those who face the highest risk from COVID-19 and the Delta variant, our government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health is following the evidence and recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and will begin offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional groups of severely immunocompromised individuals. Locations and timing for third doses will vary by public health unit and high-risk population based on local planning and considerations.

Key Messages

  • As the province continues to fight the fourth wave of the pandemic driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, the government is further protecting Ontarians through continued actions that encourage every eligible person to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • High rates of vaccination against COVID-19 are critical to helping protect our communities and hospital capacity while keeping Ontario schools and businesses safely open.
  • As we continue our last mile push to increase vaccination rates, requiring proof of immunization in select settings will encourage even more Ontarians to receive the vaccine and stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • To ensure individuals, families and business know what to expect, today we are sharing new materials and guidance to prepare them for September 22nd and help address any questions.
  • Ontario will develop and implement an enhanced vaccine certificate with unique QR code and accompanying verification application that will allow users to securely and safely verify their vaccination status when scanned. The enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app will be available by October 22, 2021. Ontario’s proof of vaccination guidance will be updated to reflect the new processes.
  • To further protect those who face the highest risk from COVID-19 and the Delta variant, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health is following the evidence and recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and will begin offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional groups, such as individuals with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency, individuals receiving active treatment for significantly immunosuppressive conditions
  • Getting fully vaccinated is the most important step you can take to protect yourself and others. If you haven’t received your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please do so today.

News Release

English: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000807/ontario-releasing-guidance-to-support-proof-of-vaccination-policy

French: https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/1000807/lontario-publie-des-directives-pour-soutenir-la-politique-en-matiere-de-preuve-de-vaccination