Ontarians can start downloading the QR codes Friday morning to verify their vaccination status to enter non-essential settings, a measure the government says will be more secure and easier than the previous vaccine receipts that were available. People with birthdays between January and April can download and print them today, people with birthdays between May and August can download them on Saturday, October 16, and people with birthdays between September and December 31 can download them on Sunday, October 17. All Ontarians should be able to download their codes by 6 a.m. Monday morning.
The government also released an app that can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices for businesses, which allows them to quickly scan the QR codes and verify their authenticity.
The vaccine certificates previously provided by the government, without a QR Code, will remain valid. People with medical exemptions are not yet included in the QR code, nor are those who are participating in clinical trials outside of the normal vaccination process with Health Canada-approved vaccines. The government says those individuals will be integrated into the app in the future.
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Like the previous vaccine certificates, the province’s website will only be able to provide QR Codes to people with the modern green OHIP cards; people with an older red-and-white card can call the province’s vaccine contact centre at 1-833-943-3900. people without any OHIP card can call their local public health unit to confirm their identity and receive a unique identifier and then call the same phone number.
The QR code can be stored on people’s phones or printed out for people who do not own a phone. People who don’t own a printer can go to a public library or a trusted friend.
The rest of the government’s presentation can be read below