Manitobans will now be able to travel across Canada without having to self-isolate upon their return home — providing they've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
In an announcement on June 8, Premier Brian Pallister announced details of Manitoba's new "immunization cards," which will give fully vaccinated locals the freedom to travel across Canada without facing any restrictions when they get back.
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Confirming the details on Tuesday, Pallister said that the immunization cards would be provided to residents two weeks after they've received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The cards, which will be both digital and physical, will not contain personal health information or data. Instead, they will simply feature an individual's first and last names and a QR code to show their vaccination status.
"We are all eager to be able to travel, visit family and friends, and enjoy the many freedoms we have taken for granted and missed these many months," Pallister said on Tuesday.
"Getting vaccinated and following public health orders to protect each other and our health-care system is the fastest way to save our summer and get back to doing some of the things we love and see the people we miss," he added.
Will fully vaccinated people be able to do anything else?
The premier said that inter-provincial travel without being required to self-isolate upon returning to Manitoba is "one of the first benefits from being fully immunized," with more benefits set to be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition, fully-vaccinated Manitobans will be offered expanded visitation at hospitals and personal care homes, providing the patient/resident is vaccinated too.
This is set to be extended to health care facility visitation in the near future, too.