Vaccine passport to be deployed on September 1

 

 11 August 2021

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, provided an update today on the current epidemiological situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, given the increase in the number of cases observed over the past few days and the emergence of cases related to the Delta variant, which is now well and truly present in Quebec.

Because of this worrisome situation, which could be the beginning of the fourth wave of cases, the government plans to make the vaccine passport available throughout Quebec as of September 1. In preparation for this deployment, two pilot projects will be set up to test the QR code’s reading and the mechanics of the application in different locations. The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux teams will provide support to the businesses directly on site.

The first pilot project will be deployed at the restaurant La Cage – Brasserie sportive de Lebourgneuf, in Quebec City, on August 11 and 12, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Another one will take place at the Éconofitness Vimont gym in Laval (2228 boulevard des Laurentides) on August 17 and 18, from 3 to 8 pm. We invite the clients of these facilities to get their QR code on Québec.ca.

The goal is for the vaccine passport to allow properly vaccinated individuals to access high-traffic public events and high-contact activities that are places of great socialization, for non-essential activities and services.

“Given the recent increase in cases, the upcoming fall with the start of work and school, and the expected prevalence of the Delta variant, the stage is set to roll out the vaccine passport. We want to do things gradually, taking full advantage of the next few weeks, before the start of the school year, to prepare for the implementation of the passport. The pilot projects implemented in the coming weeks will allow us to make the necessary adjustments to the application mechanics and give the places targeted by the passport time to prepare for September 1 before making the application available.”

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

Highlights:

  • Participation in the pilot projects is voluntary. No one will be denied access to these businesses.
  • As a reminder, the vaccine passport will be a free, official tool to show that an individual is adequately protected against COVID-19.
  • It will allow adequately protected individuals to access places where non-essential activities are carried out. On the recommendation of public health authorities, these venues could include gyms, bars, and activities such as team or contact sports, among others. Passports will not be required to access essential services. In addition, it excludes retail businesses.
  • Work will be done to provide access to people from other provinces and abroad who have received vaccinations recognized by the appropriate international authorities.
  • Work is planned to integrate, in the proof of vaccination, all possible situations for a person to be considered adequately protected, including the fact of having had the disease or of having recognized contraindications to vaccination.
  • The choice of September 1 as the date for the implementation of the measure is intended to give the entire population the opportunity to take advantage of the two doses of vaccine required.
  • Since Monday, it should also be noted that having had a positive test result for COVID-19 has been added to the proof of vaccination. Citizens will be well informed: if they have had such a result followed by a vaccine, a notification will be sent to them.