Ontario Gov’t Making Advanced Vaccine Passport QR Codes Available For Download

Friday October 15th, 2021

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The government of Ontario is making QR codes available for download for those vaccinated against COVID-19 and a QR code reader app for businesses and other settings where vaccine passports are required.

Officials say the tools will make it easier, more secure and convenient for individuals to provide proof of vaccination where required to do so, and for businesses and organizations to verify vaccine certificates while protecting people’s privacy.

“I want to thank every Ontarian for their patience and cooperation as we’ve implemented our proof of vaccination policy,” said Premier Doug Ford. “The enhanced vaccine certificates and Verify Ontario app will give our businesses further comfort in their ability to operate safely as we take further steps to protect people’s privacy. These certificates remain a key element of our plan to protect the gains we have made while avoiding future lockdowns.”

The province is initially making the enhanced vaccine certificates available for download in cohorts due to anticipated demand on their online systems. Enhanced vaccine certificates with official QR codes will be made available for download from the COVID-19 vaccination portal over three days based on birth month:

  • October 15, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between January and April
  • October 16, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between May and August
  • October 17, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between September to December

The government says people can save the electronic version of their vaccine certificate with a QR code to their phone or print a paper copy.

They say businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions. In addition, while the current vaccine receipt without a QR code remains valid and will continue to be accepted, the province is encouraging individuals to download their enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code as an easier, more secure and convenient way to have their proof of vaccination verified.

The government says people will still need to show a piece of identification with their name and date of birth along with their proof of vaccination when visiting select businesses and organizations.

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