COVID-19: Manitoba to give update on Pan-Canadian proof of vaccination

Manitoba health officials are expected to give an update on the province’s plan to join the federal government’s standard proof of COVID-19 vaccination system Monday.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced all provinces and territories have confirmed they will be moving forward with a standardized national proof of vaccination.

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Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, will be joined by Health Minister Audrey Gordon and Central Services Minister Reg Helwer at a 2 p.m. press conference to discuss the new proof of vaccination. Global News will stream the event live in this story.

Roussin is also expected to give an update on Manitoba’s efforts against COVID-19 at the media availability.

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The federal vaccine passport will show your name, date of birth, and COVID-19 vaccine history — including which doses you got, and when you got them, Trudeau said last week.

The vaccine passport will have a common look and feel across the country, according to officials, including a “Canada” wordmark in the top corner.

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Canadians will be able to use the proof of vaccination system both within Canada and for international travel, the officials said.

Officials said the proof of vaccination system also complies with the SMART Health Card standard, which uses technology that will allow officials to verify and authenticate the information without giving access to any other health or identity information.

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— with files from Rachel Gilmore

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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