The Quebec passport for the COVID-19 vaccine comes into effect across the province
As of September 1, having proof of a COVID-19 vaccine will become as normal as leaving home with your wallet and keys anywhere in Quebec.
Canada’s first vaccination passport has gone into effect, allowing people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend a variety of non-essential activities.
The passport works with a Quick Response Code (QR) which is displayed on the VaxiCode app – a platform developed and coded exclusively for people and businesses confirming proof of vaccination.
Quebec Health Minister Chrisitan Dubé has said VaxiCode is a “passport to freedom” and is the government’s solution to enforcing more lockdown measures amid the fourth wave of the pandemic.
Dubé says the initiative is “the balance we have found to keep our economy open while protecting the people.” He says the passport is “to avoid shutting down businesses and banning activities.”
The passport is in effect for a wide range of non-essential activities, including restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, museums, festivals and events.
Today, we are choosing to protect our health care system and keep our economy open. Get vaccinated. Measure the risks. Be careful. pic.twitter.com/Sd4ixSOdB6
– François Legault (@francoislegault) September 1, 2021
Earlier in August, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said government officials will monitor the unfolding of the deployment and “adjust as they go.”
Legault and his government also refused the opposition’s request to debate the ethics of the system in the National Assembly, saying he “did not want to give a platform to conspiracy theorists”.
Here are details on how the passport system works, with information from the Quebec government.
How does the vaccination passport work?
The VaxiCode app displays a scannable QR code. The code contains the name, date of birth and vaccination status of people. The information will be displayed in green for people who are fully vaccinated and in red for people who are not.
How to download VaxiCode?
The app is available for download on iOS and Android devices for ages 13 and older. A digital copy or a printed version of the QR code will also be accepted.
[Passeport vaccinal] The VaxiCode and VaxiCode Verif apps are now available for Android phone users.
Here are the links to directly access the applications:
➡️VaxiCode Verif: https://t.co/NxPttThpay pic.twitter.com/kvExROfgUb
– Health Quebec (@sante_qc) August 30, 2021
How does VaxiCode work for businesses?
A separate application, VaxiCode Verifier, is available for businesses and event planners. The VaxiCode Check app will scan people’s QR codes to determine who is vaccinated and who is not.
The information is not kept by the application and will disappear in a few seconds.
Customers will need to show photo ID to cross-reference the app and confirm identification.
Where will it be needed and where will it not be?
The passport will be required at gyms, restaurants, bars, cafes, festivals, events, sports venues, training facilities, casinos, amusement parks, zoos and bingo halls.
People ordering take-out will not be required to present their vaccination passport.
Pharmacies and grocery stores will not apply the passport.
A full list of places where a passport is not required can be found here.
Will the passport be applied?
The government says there will be some leniency for the first two weeks, but sanctions will be applied from September 15.
Vaccination passport fraud could result in fines ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 6,000.
Are passports compulsory in schools?
Passports will not be required in public schools. Some extracurricular activities may require proof of vaccination for students over 13 years old.
How does the passport work for visitors to Quebec?
People who live in another province or country will be able to present printed proof of their vacation as well as photo identification proving their place of residence.
What about people who cannot get vaccinated?
Quebec’s director of public health, Dr Horacio Arruda, said that in the “extremely rare” case that someone cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons, doctors can fill out a document and give out a QR code. which will grant those who cannot be vaccinated access to non-essential services.