With Ontario announcing its new vaccine certificate program this week, residents will need to get a copy of their vaccination record to do many non-essential activities starting September 22.
The vaccine record is a PDF document that can be stored on a mobile phone or printed out and presented on paper.
Ontarians should visit the online COVID-19 vaccine booking portal to download a PDF copy of their vaccination record.
The document is the same receipt that individuals received at the clinic where they got their shot — and the downloadable version could be handy for anyone who misplaced their original copy.
It’s useful to prove immunization status for dining in restaurants, visiting the gym, and international travel.
“The ability to download a PDF copy of a vaccination receipt is being offered as a service to Ontarians,” Ministry of Health spokesperson Bill Campbell told Daily Hive via email in June. “People will be able to download a copy of their vaccination receipt that they may have lost or in cases where they require an electronic copy.”
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Ontarians will need to log into the provincial booking portal using their OHIP card, date of birth, and postal code to retrieve the vaccination record.
Once inside, users will see an appointment booking option in purple and a vaccination receipt button in yellow.
After clicking the yellow button, a preview of the vaccination receipt appears. It contains information on the type of vaccine and the date it was given to the patient.
Anyone who received one or both doses outside Ontario is encouraged to contact their local health authority to update their immunization record.
A federal vaccine passport is apparently in the works, but the current election has put that on pause. In the meantime, the Ontario government announced on Wednesday it will require proof of vaccination for many non-essential activities starting September 22.
A government-distributed app is coming out on October 22, but until then, Ontarians will need to present their PDF vaccine receipt along with photo ID to eat at restaurants, watch movies in theatres, and go to concerts.