Oshawa expands proof of obligatory vaccination

In order to slow the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant, the city of Oshawa is expanding the proof of compulsory vaccination.

Visitors who enter municipal recreational facilities (young people involved in organized sports, coaches, officials, volunteers, etc.) have been required to present a vaccination card since the end of December.

Stricter rules will come into force on Tuesday, January 4th.

In order to enter the city’s leisure facilities, all persons over 12 years of age must present ID with an extended vaccination card – with a QR code – which shows proof of a complete vaccination against COVID-19.

Oshawa has expanded the new provincial and regional health measures to include the Oshawa City Hall and Animal Service requiring vaccine certification. Both digital and printed vaccine certificates with QR codes are accepted.

The province is also stepping up its review of medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination. Starting Monday, January 10, residents of Oshawa with an eligible medical exemption will also be required to present an enhanced vaccination certificate with a QR code in order to access all city facilities.

You can find improved vaccination certificates with QR codes:

• on the COVID-19 vaccination portal at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

• by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900 to receive the Extended Vaccine Certificate by email or mail.

• by visiting Service Ontario (200 John St. W., Oshawa) for a printed copy.

Oshawa is open for personal services – but only by appointment and with COVID-19 screening on arrival. To book a personal appointment for City Hall or Oshawa Animal Services, call 905-436-3311.

Community members can also do business with the city online (oshawa.ca) or by phone (905-436-3311).

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