Dr. Colby in favour of vaccine passports

(Photo of a COVID-19 receipt by Adelle Loiselle)

Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health is joining the growing call for the province to implement a vaccine certificate system.

Dr. David Colby said it makes perfect sense to him.

“There seems to be a reluctance to adopt this, and I really don’t know why. I’ve looked at all the arguments and to me, none of them hold water. The public is expecting this, and some are angry that it hasn’t happened yet.”

He’s been advocating for a vaccine passport system for a while now and said it would only be for non-essential services.

“We’re not talking about denying anyone, any kind of essential service, that’s not what’s on the table at all,” said Dr. Colby. “But to be able to go to crowded events, for example, a sporting or entertainment event.”

A vaccine certificate system might also encourage more people to get the COVID-19 shot.

“If people realize, ‘I’m not going to be able to take a vacation, I’m not going to be able to do or this, or that and the other thing unless I get my vaccine,’ I think it would provide a tremendous boost and incentive for people that are on the fence.”

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

There were also seven resolved cases, dropping the number of active cases in the community to seven from nine.

The numbers include the weekend because there was no update on Monday due to website maintenance.

The local health unit is also hosting a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic Tuesday in Dresden at the Ken Houston Memorial Arena. The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also book an appointment online at www.getyourshotck.ca.