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Ontario Will Require Scannable QR Codes to Prove Proof of COVID-19 Inoculation Starting January 4th


Conspiracy theorists can take another victory lap heading into 2022. Before COVID-19 hysteria, digital vaccine passports were deemed a crazy conspiracy theory. But effective January 4th, they will be the norm to function in Ontario society. 

Ontarians require a QR code to show proof of COVID-19 inoculation to eat inside a restaurant, drink at a bar, sit in a movie theatre, and do other activities. However, I’ve stated before that digital vaccine passports were never about health. 

The QR code technology lays the groundwork for digital IDs that store all your personal information. It starts with COVID-19 inoculation status but will eventually include more items about each individual. 

As Melissa Ciummei stated, the “pandemic” won’t end until the digital monetary system is in place. Digital vaccine passports with QR codes play an important role in forming that system. 

And that’s what Ontario will use starting January 4th unless their population resists. 

As stated on

Get an enhanced vaccine certificate

If you are fully vaccinated, have an active medical exemption or are a participant in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial, visit to learn how to get your enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code.

If you have not been fully vaccinated and/or 14 days have not passed since you were fully vaccinated, your QR code will not show a green check mark screen ✅. You will need to get fully vaccinated and then wait 14 days for the QR code to work.

If you are eligible and have received a booster dose, you can download your updated vaccine certificate with official QR code or you can continue to use your previous electronic or paper certificate.

Saving your enhanced vaccine certificate

You can save your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code:

  • as a PDF (printed or digital version is acceptable)
  • to a mobile device, for example a smartphone or tablet
  • as a screenshot or image of your full QR code
  • in an email you send to yourself or save to your device

When you download from the portal:

  • On a desktop, right click or Ctrl+S and choose “Save as” to save the QR code to your computer, then email or send to your mobile by text.
  • On an iPhone or iPad, tap the PDF and a blue “Open in” link will appear. Click to open a menu that will allow you to email or download the certificate to your device.
  • On an Android, tap the three vertical dots icon on the top-right and then tap “Save.”

If you choose to print a copy, follow the tips for printing in the next section. Even if you have a QR code on your phone or tablet, you can always use or carry a paper copy. You can also call the vaccine contact centre for more support.

The Globe And Mail reported:

As of Jan. 4, 2022, Ontarians will need to have enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificates with a scannable QR code if they want to eat inside restaurants, go to movie theatres, gyms, concert venues, and other non-essential businesses that require proof of vaccination.

Currently, vaccine passports are only required for those aged 12 and older.

The old versions of vaccine certificates without a scannable QR code will no longer be accepted. Those who have a medical exemption will also need a verified certificate with a QR code, as doctor’s notes will no longer be accepted as of Jan. 10.

CBC added:

How do I access my QR code?

After getting vaccinated, you’ll get an email to access your vaccine certificate. The link in the email expires after some time, so you’ll want to access it sooner than later.

You’ll need your health card number and birthday to get the QR code.

If you don’t click the link in your email in time or are in between shots, you can get your certificate through the online portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900. (Those who have a red and white health card or don’t have any Ontario health card can call the same number.)

Libraries making free cards with QR codes

The Ontario Ministry of Health has previously pointed people without computers or printers to libraries to get their vaccine certificates.

Several library systems in the province, such as those in Hamilton, Arnprior on the Ottawa River and Southgate Public Library in Grey County, are also laminating proof of vaccination.

Lisa Radha Weaver, Hamilton Public Library’s (HPL) director of collections and program development, said HPL has been helping people download, print and laminate their vaccine certificates since mid-September. QR codes became available for printing as well in October.


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