Hamilton libraries will print COVID-19 vaccine certificates for free

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Published September 20, 2021 at 7:44 pm

Hamilton librarians are lending a hand to help people keep a grip on their vaccine certificates.

Starting Tuesday (Sept. 21), Hamilton Public Libraries branches will begin offering people help with printing their vaccine certificate receipts. The HPL website says that anyone with a green-and-white Ontario health card “can visit any branch to print and laminate their vaccine receipts for free.”

A message at HPL.ca says that there is a vaccine printing help icon on all of its shared computers. People who have red-and-white health cards can connect to Hamilton Public Health services at any libarary branch.

Tuesday is the final day before most non-essential businesses such as restaurants, along with sports and entertainment venues and other settings in Ontario, will be required to ask patrons for proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

However, there will be a gap of at least one month before an enhanced certificate with a QR code will be available. The Doug Ford government has stated that Oct. 22 is the earliest that the enhanced certificate will be ready.

Vaccine certificates can be downloaded at Ontario.ca/covidvaccine.

British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec have introduced certificates with QR codes already. All of that tech was developed after consultation with provincial, federal and territorial privacy commissioners, who cautioned against the info being stored and used by third parties.

As a result, Quebec’s vaccine certificate app only displays a person’s name.

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