Canadian Medical Association backs vaccine passports for everyone – CTV

September 1, 2021

TORONTO — It’s day one for vaccine passports in Quebec and some other provinces are poised to follow suit, but the Canadian Medical Association would like to see them right across the country.

The so-called vaccine passports, essentially certificates which confirm vaccination, will enable people to do such things as eat out at restaurants, work out at gyms, or attend live concert performances.

And they’re an effective tool in encouraging people to get fully vaccinated, CMA president Dr. Katharine Smart told CTV’s Your Morning on Wednesday. More people in Quebec and British Columbia got vaccinated when those provinces said they were introducing passports.

That’s important because there’s been a levelling off of the vaccination rate across Canada. About 66.7 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated. That number needs to be between 90 and 95 per cent to really keep everyone safe from the COVID-19 virus, Smart said.

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