Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé announced on Thursday the province will soon start offering QR codes as proof of vaccination for COVID-19.
Dubé said at a press conference those that have already received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or are about to get vaccinated, will be given an option to receive electronic proof of vaccination by email, in the form of a QR code. This will start on Thursday, May 13, 2021.
The health minister said they have the tool ready and once they are ready to deploy it, they will be ready to widely distribute QR codes. Dubé also emphasized paper proof of COVID-19 vaccination will still be given on site.
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Proof of COVID-19 vaccination in digital form means easier record keeping in case you lose your paper proof. The health minister added this isn’t a vaccine passport, but rather a first step in moving from paper to digital. He noted public health has been asked to look into a vaccine passport.
Back in February, Dubé said Quebec floated the idea of the province debuting a vaccine passport, which would allow travellers to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19.
On Friday, Quebec said it administered 104,742 more vaccinations, making the total vaccine doses administered at 3,550,899 in the province, or 40.1% of its population.