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Ontario health units preparing for COVID vaccinations of kids aged five to 11

Sep 27 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario health units are developing plans for the vaccination of children aged five to 11 once COVID-19 shots are approved for them.  Toronto Public Health said Monday that it had formed a planning group that includes health partners, school boards, community representatives and the province, while health officials for Peel Region, Middlesex-London, Hamilton, […]

Ontario health units preparing for COVID vaccinations of kids aged five to 11

Sep 27 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario health units are developing plans for the vaccination of children aged five to 11 once COVID-19 shots are approved for them.  Toronto Public Health said Monday that it had formed a planning group that includes health partners, school boards, community representatives and the province, while top doctors for Peel Region, Middlesex-London, Hamilton […]

Few enforcement incidents reported in first days of Ontario vaccine certificates

Sep 24 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario police forces and other enforcement bodies are reporting few incidents in the early days of the province’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination policy, as some businesses have publicly pledged to ignore the rules. Most of the incidents reported to police since Wednesday, when the new vaccine certificate system went into effect, involved people […]

Businesses, enforcement bodies brace for learning curve on vaccine certificates

Sep 19 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Pub manager Crystal Meikle is used to pivoting with the shifting rules for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Ontario’s proof-of-vaccination policy, set to take effect on Wednesday, treads into new territory, she said, since workers will be tasked with asking customers to show they are immunized against the virus. “The pushback is […]

Businesses, enforcement bodies brace for learning curve on vaccine certificates

Sep 19 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Pub manager Crystal Meikle is used to pivoting with the shifting rules for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Ontario’s proof-of-vaccination policy, set to take effect on Wednesday, treads into new territory, she said, since workers will be tasked with asking customers to show they are immunized against the virus. “The pushback is […]

Ontario didn’t spend money from COVID-19 response program in first quarter: watchdog

Sep 15 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario did not spend any funds from a new $2.7-billion COVID-19 response program in the first quarter, the province's fiscal watchdog found, prompting critics to question why the government didn't use the money during the third wave. A Wednesday report from the Financial Accountability Office found health spending was $691 million lower than […]

Ontario didn’t spend money from COVID-19 response program in first quarter: watchdog

Sep 15 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario did not spend any funds from a new $2.7-billion COVID-19 response program in the first quarter, the province's fiscal watchdog found, prompting critics to question why the government didn't use the money during the third wave. A Wednesday report from the Financial Accountability Office found health spending was $691 million lower than […]

Businesses won’t validate medical exemptions in Ontario vaccine certificate system

Sep 14 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario businesses enforcing the province's COVID-19 vaccine certificate system won't have to verify medical exemptions, the government said Tuesday, acknowledging the system was vulnerable to fraud. The system takes effect on Wednesday next week, requiring patrons to show proof of full vaccination and a piece of ID to enter settings that include restaurants, […]

Ontario to require proof of vaccination in high-risk settings starting Sept. 22

Sep 1 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Giving in to mounting pressure from experts, businesses and political opponents, Premier Doug Ford announced a vaccine certificate system Wednesday that will see Ontarians showing proof of immunization to access public spaces such as restaurants, gyms and movie theatres. But the new system – which takes effect Sept. 22 and won't be required […]

Ontario to require proof of vaccination in high-risk settings starting Sept. 22

Sep 1 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Giving in to mounting pressure from experts, businesses and political opponents, Premier Doug Ford announced a vaccine certificate system Wednesday that will see Ontarians showing proof of immunization to access public spaces such as restaurants, gyms and movie theatres. But the new system – which takes effect Sept. 22 and won't be required […]

Ontario to require proof of vaccination in high-risk settings starting Sept. 22

Sep 1 2021 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Giving in to mounting pressure from experts, businesses and political opponents, Premier Doug Ford announced a vaccine certificate system Wednesday that will see Ontarians showing proof of immunization to access public spaces such as restaurants, gyms and movie theatres. But the new system – which takes effect Sept. 22 and won't be required […]