With the Province now requiring proof of vaccination to access some indoor businesses and settings, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is providing advice to residents on how to obtain the needed documents and show that you have received the necessary shots.
The new regulations apply to people 12 years of age and older. Children under the age of 12 are exempt.
While some facilities, businesses, and organizations will require proof of vaccinations, the rules do not apply to places where people receive medical care, medical supplies, or grocery stores.
In Ontario, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received a full series of COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada.
When you get your vaccine, you will receive a document with your personal information and vaccine details. It is registered with Ontario Health.
You can print or download a watermarked copy of you proof of vaccination receipt by visiting on-line at covd19.ontariohealth.ca.
To log in and get your receipt you will need, your green photo heal (OHIP) card, you date of birth, and your postal code.
If you have an old red a white health card, or you do not have a health card, you must contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, or Service Ontario to make arrangements to obtain your proof of vaccine receipt.
If you received your vaccine at a location outside of Ontario, you can submit your information including proof of immunization to be loaded into the provincial database.
If you have a medical exemption that will now allow you to get the COVID vaccine, you can obtain proof of an exemption which can be shown when entering restricted building and facilities.
The list of facilities that will require proof of vaccination includes both private and public buildings.
Outdoor spaces and venues do not require proof of vaccination.
Before going to an indoor location, you should check the list of facilities that will ask for your document.
These include the indoor area of restaurants, indoor meeting and event spaces, concert venues, and all gyms, fitness, and recreation facilities.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times