Ontario’s new digital app to verify a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status is now available to download.
The app quietly appeared in the Apple and Google app stores on Thursday. The Ford government previously said the app would be put into use on Oct. 22, but officials didn’t confirm when it would be available to download.
Premier Doug Ford and members of his government will officially unveil the app on Friday at a news conference.
A Ford government spokesperson said the app was made available for download to ensure it was available for businesses and organizations on Friday.
The app will be primarily used by businesses and organizations to scan QR codes of fully vaccinated patrons. Those QR codes will be provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health, similar to the process for vaccination receipts.
While the digital service will be available on Oct. 22, people will still have the option of showing their original vaccination receipts.
In the past, Mr. Ford said he knew many people were worried that the system would impede on their civil liberties, but he noted that the greater concern was experiencing a sudden surge in infections and having to lock down the province again.
“This pandemic remains an emergency and there are real-world consequences of not acting,” he said in a statement.
“We need to do everything in our power to avoid future lockdowns and closures. That is why we are bringing in these exceptional measures temporarily and will end them as soon as they can be responsibly removed.”
As a result, Mr. Ford, who was initially opposed to vaccine certificates, announced the system would be in effect as of September 22 with the digital app set to release on October 22.
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