City hires security company to enforce vaccine passport

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

The latest tool to stop the spread of COVID-19 comes into effect Wednesday in Ontario.

Proof of full vaccination against the virus will be required to access non-essential businesses.

Sarnia’s Community Services General Manager Stacey Forfar said they’ve hired a third party security company to help implement the provincial requirement at all city-owned arenas, and city staff will handle the process at the Strangway Community Centre.

“If you’re going to use any indoor recreational facilities for programming, or for spectators, anybody over the age of 18 that’s looking to go inside, must show proof of identification and then proof of their vaccination for COVID-19, as well as any youth in that 12 to 17 group looking to spectate at sporting events in indoor facilities,” said Forfar.

Digital and paper receipts will be accepted and children under 12 will not need to show proof of vaccination.

“As long as our security services can identify that yes it’s a receipt and there’s a date for your first and your second shot, that’s perfectly acceptable. Ideally, hard copies are clean and simple. From what we understand it won’t be until the end of October that [the province will] actually have their digital system in place, but we’re happy to work with residents and be flexible in terms of what they can show at the door.”

The provincial requirement states that if you have a medical exemption, you must present a written document.

Ontario’s QR code and verification app will come into effect October 22.

Proof of vaccination and identification will also be required to enter restaurants and bars, meeting and event spaces, casinos, theatres and cinemas Wednesday.

Masking and COVID-19 screening will still apply.

A vaccine certificate will not be required to enter facilities providing medical care, grocery stores, retail shopping, salons, banks, places of worship, workplaces, patios and other outdoor spaces.

Vaccine receipts can be downloaded or printed here.

If you require assistance, they can also be printed at any of the County of Lambton’s 25 library locations free of charge.  Appointments and walk-ins are acceptable.