COVID-19 in Canada: Manitoba introduces proof of vaccine card for quarantine exemption

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Manitoba-based truckers, transporting goods to and from the United States, get vaccinated against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as part of a deal between the Canadian province and the state of North Dakota, at a rest stop near Drayton, North Dakota, U.S. April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Dan Koeck

Manitoba will be moving forward with proof of COVID-19 vaccination cards, which will allow fully vaccinated Manitobans to be exempt from the 14-day quarantine when travelling within Canada.

"Manitobans have told us that getting back to the things they love and miss is one of the biggest incentives to getting vaccinated," a statement from Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister reads. 

"As a government, we are doing everything we can to bolster vaccine availability and accessibility, and equipping Manitobans with the information and support they need to make the right decision to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community."

These vaccine cards will also allow for expanded visitations for people in hospitals and personal care homes.

In order to be eligible for the card, individuals must have a Manitoba health card and the vaccination card can be distributed 14 days after receiving an individuals second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Digital and physical cards will be available but the province has stated that they will not contain personal health information or data.

"The cards only show the person’s first and last names and a QR code," information from the province reads. "When scanned, the QR code will show the person is fully vaccinated."

"Once someone has successfully completed the online request, they will automatically receive access to a digital card."

Anyone who requests a physical card should expect it in the mail 14 days after their request.

"We are all eager to be able to travel, visit family and friends, and enjoy the many freedoms we have taken for granted and missed these many months," a statement from Pallister reads. 

"Getting vaccinated and following public health orders to protect each other and our health-care system is the fastest way to save our summer and get back to doing some of the things we love and see the people we miss."