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This article was published 12/2/2021 (250 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
As more and more Manitobans are immunized against COVID-19, they will want proof of vaccination they can use when proof is required.
Now is the time for to start thinking about this, as the issue raises important legal, ethical, and policy concerns. There must be clear rules about how such certificates will be given and regulated, and how they’ll be designed to protect individual privacy and security across the public and private sectors. They also need to be resistant to tampering and very difficult to counterfeit.
Our responsibilities as citizens to protect each other should always guide our decision-making. Our public health authorities work diligently to ensure the health information and products they are provide us are safe. I encourage everyone who is able to take the vaccines to do so, to better protect those who are vulnerable.
With those guiding principles in mind, there are many situations where government may require proof of vaccination, but nothing has yet been set in stone.
One situation in which we can all imagine proof of vaccination being necessary is f air travel. Proof of vaccinations has always been a feature of modern travel, and it appears that a global COVID-19 vaccine certification program and common international protocols may be developed.
British Columbia has announced that it will offer people the option of a paper and/or digital copy of their immunization records and it has already developed an online portal for people to register to access their digital immunization records.
The Pallister government needs to start getting organized now, so that as more doses of the vaccine arrive in our province Manitobans can quickly and efficiently access their proof of vaccination.
We should expect the provincial government to consult Manitobans on the array of issues that now present themselves, just as they have asked for public input on the various public health restrictions and essential services designations.
The province’s consultative web site is found at engagemb.ca and all Manitobans who have online access are encouraged to register and complete the surveys as they present themselves. Residents without online access can call the Manitoba government at 204-945-3744.
If you have any questions about other provincial programs, feel free to contact me at 204-415-1122 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jim Maloway is the NDP MLA for Elmwood.