Ontario to extend COVID-19 vaccine certificate rules, make changes to system: source

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Published December 10, 2021 at 8:29 am

TORONTO — The Ontario government is expected to announce today that it will extend its vaccine certificate rules and make changes to the program.

A senior government source says the rules requiring vaccine certificates won’t start to lift in January, as initially scheduled under the province’s plan.

Instead, the measures will stay in place as they are until further notice.

The province has previously said its timeline for loosening restrictions could be reviewed based on COVID-19 indicators.

The source says the proof-of-vaccination system will also be updated so that the certificate equipped with a QR code is the only version accepted.

The source says the province is also moving ahead with a plan to have medical exemptions for COVID-19 shots verified by public health units.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 10, 2021.

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