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COVID-19

Proof of vaccination

The Ontario government requires people 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated  and provide proof of their vaccination (or vaccination receipt) along with proof of identity to access certain indoor businesses and settings.  These requirements do not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores, medical supplies and the like. Those who cannot receive the vaccine due to valid medical reasons and children under age 11 years are exempt.

The province’s enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code is now available for people to download to their phone or to print as a hard copy to gain access to designated settings. Use of the enhanced vaccine certificate along with proof of identity at designated settings will be in place as of October 22nd. Paper copies of the current PDF vaccine receipt will continue to be an option as well.

See below for how to access your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code or how to submit your out of province vaccination documents.

For more information:
• Proof of vaccination for workplaces
• Province’s media release  dated October 15, 2021 
• Using your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code

In Ontario, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:

  • A full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada , or any combination of such vaccines
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada;

and they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.

Enhanced vaccine certificates with QR code are available:

  • for first and second doses received in Ontario (once you get them)
  • regardless of where you were vaccinated (for example, at a mass immunization clinic, hospital, pharmacy or primary care setting)


As of October 18, individuals can download their enhanced vaccine certificate. Individuals can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have their enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to them.

To print or download a copy of your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code, visit https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. To log in and get your receipt, you will need:

  • a green photo health (OHIP) card (you will need numbers from both the front and back of the card, expired cards will be accepted)
  • your date of birth
  • your postal code (the one associated with your health card)

 

Individuals who have a red and white health card can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to arrange to receive their vaccine receipt by email.

Individuals who DO NOT have a health card (if you card is lost or expired please call Service Ontario) can call Health Connection 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) to have their identity verified and to receive a COVID ID/Personal Access Code. Individuals can then call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to provide this COVID ID in order to arrange to receive their enhanced vaccination certificate by email.

Individuals who do not have an address can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to arrange to receive their enhanced vaccination certificate delivered to a trusted friend, family member or community organization.

We can accept and enter into the provincial database the immunization information of Simcoe Muskoka residents who received their first and/or second doses out of province. You will need to submit a copy of your proof of immunization in order for the information to be uploaded into the provincial database.

Please use this secure form to submit your documentation. If you need to book a second dose appointment, please allow 7 to 10 business days for your information to be entered into the database before trying to book an appointment.

As released by the province September 14, 2021, there are some medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination policy:

The provincial requirement for proof of vaccination focuses on higher-risk indoor (unless otherwise stated) public settings listed below:

  • Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities 
  • Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restaurants, clubs and other similar establishments 
  • Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces 
  • Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal physical fitness training with limited exemptions 
  • Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events 
  • Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments 
  • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas 
  • Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs 
  • Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues 
  • Indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences.

 

Page last updated: October 18, 2021

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