N.L. reports 10 new cases of COVID-19, says vaccine passports won't be mandatory

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 today and 49 active reported infections across the province.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says there are now 19 cases associated with a cluster in the northern Newfoundland town of Roddickton, where just 60 per cent of eligible residents have received a first dose of vaccine.

She says a cluster identified in the eastern region of the province has been linked to large indoor gatherings where people were not wearing masks.

Government data shows nearly 78 per cent of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians were fully vaccinated as of Monday, and over 87 per cent had received at least one dose of vaccine.

During a briefing today, Health Minister John Haggie said the province's vaccine passport would not be mandatory and that it would be up to individual businesses whether or not they were used.

Premier Andrew Furey announced last week the province would introduce vaccine passports modelled on those used by Quebec, where the passports are mandatory for non-essential services such as such as bars, restaurant dining rooms and gyms.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 15, 2021.

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