Few likely to forge vaccine certificates, medical exemptions, Ontario says, but expert says it’s easy – CBC

Ministry says it’s confident ‘overwhelming majority of Ontarians will do the right thing’

Sep 20, 2021

Ontario’s health ministry says it expects that very few people will falsify their COVID-19 vaccine certificates and medical exemptions once the province’s proof of vaccination system goes into effect on Wednesday.

An expert in Toronto, however, says it wouldn’t be hard to forge such documents to gain entry into specific venues.

“There are no security features present on these documents. These documents are basically PDF documents,” said Dr. Shabnam Preet Kaur, a forensic document examiner with Docufraud Canada, a Toronto-based company.

Kaur said different kinds of software can be used to manipulate PDFs. “It only take five minutes to make changes,” she added.

Starting on Wednesday in Ontario, people will have to provide proof of vaccination status, along with photo identification, to go into dine-in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, sports facilities, cinemas, theatres, strip clubs, among other venues. The vaccine certificate can be downloaded or printed.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/forged-documents-vaccine-certificates-medical-exemptions-fraud-ontario-1.6183084

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