Updated: Oct 14
Since the Proof of Vaccination came into rule in Ontario last September 22nd, 2021, many questions have arisen. Why do we request it, which venues require it, who needs to show proof, who is exempt?
Here is all you need to know about the Proof of Vaccination.
1. Why do we request Proof of Vaccination? As of September 22nd 2021, the law requires Ontarians as young as 12 years old to provide proof of two doses of the Covid mRNA vaccination, to enter a wide range of non-essential venues in the province.
2. Which businesses require to show Proof of Vaccination? Restaurants, bars, food and drink establishments, convention centres, nightclubs, sports facilities, waterparks, gyms, casinos, bingo halls and gaming facilities, concert venues, theatres and cinemas, adult clubs, racing tracks, and film and TV studios with an audience.
3. Who needs to show proof? Any person older than 12 years old, with exception of those with medical exemptions.
4. How do you show the Proof of Vaccination? Upon arrival to a venue, have in hand a government ID with your photograph and your receipt of vaccination, either on paper or downloaded on your phone as a PDF, to corroborate the name and date of vaccination. Remember, your final dose of the vaccine must have been at least 14 days before providing the proof of full vaccination.
5. Who is exempt from showing Proof of Vaccination?
Children under 12 years old.
People allergic to an ingredient in the vaccine, with a verification provided by an allergist.
People that had an adverse reaction to a first dose, like myocarditis or pericarditis.
People going to a restaurant or bar to get takeout, to pay or to use a washroom.
Kids under 18 entering a recreation facility to actively participate in a sport.
People attending exclusively a wedding or a funeral ceremony, not including the social gathering.
6. Is a vaccination proof from outside Ontario accepted? Yes, as long as the vaccine doses received meet the province's definition of fully vaccinated. The vaccines must be among Health Canada's four approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD or Janssen/Johnson & Johnson), and Ontario requires two doses of these vaccines to be considered fully vaccinated, or a follow-up of one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine after a foreign vaccine.
From October 22nd 2021, Ontarians will be able to download a QR code with their Proof of Vaccination, to be scanned instead of the ID and receipt.
The Proof of Vaccination is a mandate enforced by the Province, and not following it can lead to fines, an even the shut down of the establishment.
At Wind Group we want to keep our guests as safe and happy as possible while allowing our business to resurge after the severe lockdown Ontario faced.
We count with you on this new chapter and appreciate your support!