Multiple Toronto-area mayors have confirmed the government of Ontario is developing plans for a proof of vaccination system.
The GTHA Mayors and Chairs committee released a statement Monday afternoon saying it “understand[s]” the province will release details about the vaccine passport program later this week.
“We are pleased that the government of Ontario is moving in this direction and look forward to hearing more details very soon,” the committee said. “We believe such a province-wide system … will be crucial to protecting the progress we have made fighting COVID-19.”
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Toronto Mayor John Tory and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie shared the statement on Twitter, adding that the mayors discussed the efforts each municipality is taking to reduce COVID-19 transmission during the fourth wave.
STATEMENT: GTHA Mayors and Chairs look forward to details of provincial proof of vaccination program pic.twitter.com/JWvYoF9zwR
— John Tory (@JohnTory) August 30, 2021
GTHA Mayors & Chairs understand the Gov’t of Ontario is developing plans for a proof of vaccination program and we should hear about those this week.
We are pleased that the Gov’t of Ontario is moving in this direction and look forward to hearing more details very soon. pic.twitter.com/XRWEztcqTf
— Bonnie Crombie 🇨🇦 (@BonnieCrombie) August 30, 2021
Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott have so far declined repeated requests from businesses, public health experts, and the prime minister to implement vaccine passport system.
But it appears the government could finally be bowing to public pressure.
It’s not yet known how Ontarians will prove their vaccination status or what activities will require both doses.