Here's how to download Ontario's new vaccine certificate with QR code
Ontario just announced the details of its new digital vaccine certificate with a QR code, but how to get it on your phone requires a few steps.
People have been using PDF vaccine receipts since Sept. 22 to enter non-essential businesses such as gyms, theatres and restaurants, with the promised digital enhanced vaccine certificate scheduled to launch on Oct. 22.
The new certificate arrived this week, depending on which month you were born.
The province has now put out detailed instructions on how to get digital vaccine certificate with a personalized QR code, which you can print or save on your phone. Businesses and organizations requiring proof of vaccination, can now simply scan that code.
The certificates will be available for download on the COVID-19 vaccination portal for all vaccinated Ontarians as of Oct. 18 at 6 a.m.
For those looking for a head start, certificates are being released slowly over the weekend:
Here are the steps to download the certificate:
People can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre (1-833-943-3900) to have certificates mailed or emailed to them.
For those concerned about entering personal information, the province says the "new enhanced vaccine certificates with official QR codes only contain essential information and do not include an individual's health card number."
And if you still prefer the old paper receipts, they will be valid at venues requesting proof of vaccination including bars, restaurants, gyms, cinemas and other indoor settings deemed "high risk" for the spread of COVID-19.
However, the province is encouraging people to download the vaccine certificate with a QR code "as an easier, more secure and convenient way to have their proof of vaccination verified."
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