Fully vaccinated Manitobans will be receiving a new secure immunization card confirming full immunization against COVID-19, which will mean Manitobans with two shots can travel within Canada without quarantining on their return, and enjoy expanded visits at hospitals and personal care homes, Manitoba’s premier says.
The new cards will be available to anyone with a Manitoba health card who applies 14 days after getting their second shot, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced Tuesday.
“Manitobans have told us that getting back to the things they love and miss is one of the biggest incentives to getting vaccinated,” Pallister said in a release.
“Getting vaccinated and following public health orders to protect each other and our health-care system is the fastest way to save our summer and get back to doing some of the things we love and see the people we miss.”
The cards, which will be available in both a physical and digital format, will include the person’s first and last name as well as a QR code, which when scanned, will confirm vaccination status. The cards will include no personal health information, Pallister said.
Manitoba residents can apply for a card through the province’s website (https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization-record.html) or by calling a Manitoba Health covered benefits branch and Seniors Care at 204-786-7101 or 1-800-392-1207.
The province says digital cards will automatically be available to those who qualify, while the physical card should arrive by mail within 14 days.
Premier Pallister said the expanded visits at healthcare facilities, including hospitals and personal care homes, will be available in both the patient/resident and visitor are fully vaccinated. He said the benefit is expected to be extended to healthcare facility visitation in the coming week.
Those who are fully vaccinated are already exempt from having to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case, with approval from public health.
Premier Pallister left open the possibility of using the cards to also determine access to major sporting events, museums and other facilities. He said there would be more details on what big-crowd events might be allowed later this week when his Progressive Conservative government announces its pandemic reopening plan.
The government floated several possibilities in an online survey last week. Most of the respondents who were vaccine-hesitant said their minds would not be changed if being fully vaccinated meant they could go to concerts, sporting events, gyms and hospitals.
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