Public health officials from the region of Waterloo, along with the Public Health Department of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph have announced their support for Ontario to implement a COVID-19 vaccine certificate program. As both the health departments are lending their voices to support a call for implementing the Vaccine Certificate Program.
Head of the Local Association of Public Health Agencies, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, in an interview said a provincial certification system either digital or physical certification would help control access to various events and activities and programs based on vaccination status.
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis further added that if vaccine certificate and identification doesn’t happen, he said that the local public health units will go ahead with the implementation of the certificate and discussed the possibility of using regional vaccine certificates similar to those being implemented in the United States and Europe.
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said “We had a conversation, and it was an exploratory conversation because we’re still hoping that there will be a provincial approach,”
However, Roumeliotis acknowledged that the Vaccine Certificate measure would be less effective if it was on a larger scale or at the least at the regional level if the provincial level implementation does not come through.
Waterloo Public Health has released a statement supporting the certification program, adding that it is a “consistent and coordinated approach to proof of vaccination.”
Waterloo Public Health officials stated that they are in process of exploring ways to implement a standardized proof of vaccination program and in the meantime exploring interim possibilities.
acting communications manager at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Anna Vanderlaan, “Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health supports the use of tools and vaccine policies which can help to drive vaccination rates and keep our local businesses open and safe,” and added that “We support a provincial approach to avoid regional differences, however in the interim we are exploring how to utilize COVax vaccine receipts locally.”
Public health officials from the region of Waterloo along with the Public Health Department of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph have also voiced their support strongly for the implementation of provincial vaccine passports to avoid regional differences.
However, Premier Doug Ford has opposed the idea of vaccine passports and said that any such measures will only split society.
Waterloo province’s COVID-19 Public Health Department science advisers have said that vaccine certificates would allow businesses, events, and schools to reopen sooner with greater capacity and help plan to reintroduce public health measures as and when the cases arise.