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Ontario's Vaccine Bookings Have 'More Than Doubled' Ahead Of The Certificate Program

"We're already seeing thousands more Ontarians roll up their sleeves," said Deputy Premier Christine Elliott.

Toronto Staff Writer
Ontario's Vaccine Bookings Have 'More Than Doubled' Ahead Of The Certificate Program

COVID-19 vaccination bookings in Ontario have doubled this week in the wake of the provincial government's recently announced vaccine certificate program.

On Thursday, September 2, Christine Elliott, deputy premier of Ontario and minister of health, tweeted that bookings on the provincial system "more than doubled." She also confirmed that thousands of Ontarians are flocking to get vaccinated and nearly half of them are first dose recipients.

The tweet came a day after the Ford government announced its vaccine certificate program, which goes into effect on September 22, 2021.

"Great news! Yesterday, bookings on the provincial system more than doubled," Elliott's tweet read. "Today, we're already seeing thousands more Ontarians roll up their sleeves, nearly half of whom are receiving their first dose."

Starting September 22, Ontarians will be required to present proof of vaccination (a printout or PDF file) along with a piece of photo ID to access higher-risk indoor public places such as nightclubs, indoor restaurants, gyms, music venues, and movie theatres.

By October 22, the government will launch "enhanced" vaccine certificates with QR codes.

If you're already fully vaccinated and looking to access your record, you can visit the provincial booking portal to download your proof of vaccination.

Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.

    Patrick John Gilson
    Toronto Staff Writer
    Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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