Mississauga mayor says federal, provincial governments need a vaccination passport plan

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Published July 15, 2021 at 3:18 pm

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Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie says senior levels governments must give serious consideration to issuing vaccine passports to those who have received their two doses.

Speaking at her morning press conference today (July 15), the mayor pointed out some European nations are going to adopt a passport plan and Quebec has also indicated it would move in that direction.

Some businesses, as well, have indicated they would ban customers from coming into their stores and establishments without proof of vaccination.

The federal government has said the decision to issue vaccination passports rests in the hands of each province. Ontario says it’s not interested in the plan.

“We know that when international travel resumes, residents will be required to show some proof of vaccination,” Crombie said. “We are already seeing some institutions like Seneca College, making the decision to only allow vaccinated staff and students on campus.”

The mayor acknowledged there is no easy roadmap for issuing the passports. She pointed out there may be legal issues for deny service to unvaccinated people and that privacy issues will be a factor. As well she indicated others have been medically exempt from being vaccinated.

“But with the likelihood that more and more private institutions and businesses will start requiring proof of vaccination for entry and for services, we do need to find a safe and reliable way for Ontarians to prove their vaccination status.”

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