The vaccine certification will be going live in July. At the moment, the travel industry pushes the government to lift travel restrictions. In response, the government plans to incorporate the first phase of the vaccine certification program. The latter is for travelers who are entering the country.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu made a statement on the matter. According to her, the vaccine certification topic was a focus in a meeting between G7 health ministers. Discussions with allies focused on the idea of a passport or certification. It will allow people to prove they have received full vaccination.
As a matter of fact, a new feature on the ArriveCan app will go live from early July. Furthermore, travelers will be able to take photos or upload a snapshot of their vaccine documentation in the app. With the intention to address privacy concerns, the information on the app will not be transferred elsewhere.
The new feature on the app will help the government start lifting restrictions on international travel. Earlier in June, the federal government made a statement. people who got complete vaccination would no longer need to stay at a hotel to complete the quarantine. On Thursday evening, the prime minister met with premiers across Canada. The discussion focused on the upcoming steps to reopen the border. All premiers agreed that complete vaccination was the most crucial step in the direction of reopening.
The government is also working on the second phase of vaccination documentation. Canadians will be able to verify their vaccination status with the federal government digitally. However, it will not be ready until the fall. Moreover, The government will only accept proof of vaccination with one of the four accredited vaccines. Specifically, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson and Johnson. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada, and Public Safety Canada are all working on the project.