Canada working on proof-of-vaccination credentials for international travel

The Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship says the vaccination documents will be made available to permanent and temporary Canadian residents who will be fully protected from the virus

Canada’s health ministers announced on Wednesday that they are actively working with provinces and territories on vaccination cards to make international travel safe.

Marco Mendicino, Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, says the vaccination documents will be made available to permanent and temporary Canadian residents who will be fully protected from the virus.

“When the world starts to travel again, everyone moves at their own pace,” says Mendicino.

As of Wednesday, over 71 percent of Canadians had received at least one dose and 62 percent are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and its variants.

The introduction of vaccination records has been a controversial and difficult issue for the provinces lately.

While the Québec government recently announced its intention to Make vaccination records mandatory, Ontario’s premier has retained a firm stance that his government will not do such a thing.

Québec Health Minister Christian Dubé announced Tuesday that unvaccinated residents will be denied access to non-essential businesses such as bars, restaurants and gyms from September 1. Quebec is the third province in Canada, along with Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, to use a vaccination record or certificate.

Health professionals and business groups across the country have stressed that a vaccine certification system would be a way to avoid further lockdowns and expedite economic reopening.

Israel, France and New York have announced or implemented COVID-19 restrictions on businesses based on vaccination status, among others.

Meanwhile, the Trudeau administration has expressed its recent optimism that Canadians who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine will be allowed to enter the United States.

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