BRAMPTON, Ont. — The top doctor in a COVID-19 hot spot says he's looking into what could be done locally to create a vaccine certificate program if the Ontario government doesn't implement one.
Peel Region's Dr. Lawrence Loh says he's reiterating a call for the province to bring in a vaccine certificate program, which could limit access to certain non-essential activities to those who are fully immunized.
He says Peel's public health unit is "actively exploring" with other health units what could be done locally on a vaccine certificate system in the absence of a provincial one.
Loh says in the short term, vaccine certificates can help to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and limit risk for those who are unvaccinated in settings where precautions can't be consistently maintained.
Premier Doug Ford has so far refused to bring in a provincewide vaccine certificate system.
There have been recent calls from a number of associations, unions and advocacy groups to implement a provincewide vaccine certification system, particularly in light of the highly contagious Delta variant that's driving a fourth wave of infections.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 25, 2021.
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