Anyone who is struggling to sort out their vaccination information to comply with the province’s new regulations can turn to the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre (FFPLTC) and a local lawyer for help.
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., a Vaccine Certificate and I.D. Clinic will be held at the library to assist anyone who has not yet printed or downloaded their vaccination certificates. Local lawyer Douglas Judson will be on hand at the clinic in order to additionally provide notary services for official copies of other pieces of identification.
To help those in Fort Frances who are looking to comply with the regulations, Judson and the Fort Frances Library are asking those interested to bring in a green Ontario Health Card, along with their postal code and date of birth, so that the vaccine certificate can be printed or just downloaded. As the health records are personal information, an individual must be present on their own behalf to access these services.
Additionally, Judson will be at the clinic to certify or notarize copies of pieces of identification that individuals or parents might be hesitant to carry around as part of their day-to-day life, including passports and other identification a press release from the clinic calls “Hard-to-replace or expensive.”
The release notes there is no requirement to have certified copies of I.D., but they may provide peace of mind as the originals can be kept safely at home while the notarized copies are used or given to children.
Both services are being offered free of charge this Wednesday, are completely voluntary to access and the release stresses that neither Judson nor the library will be collecting or keeping any personal information.
The Fort Frances Times offers a proof-of vaccination lamination service for $5.
Since September 22, those in Ontario who wish to access a number of different public facilities including restaurants and bars, sport and fitness facilities and concerts or movie theatres must present a proof of a second valid vaccination.
“We know vaccines provide the best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant,” said Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott in a press release accompanying the announcement.
“To protect the health and well-being of Ontarians, our government will offer one more tool to encourage even more Ontarians to receive the vaccine and provide further protection to fully vaccinated Ontarians as they safely enjoy activities with their loved ones and support their local businesses.”
The province is also working towards providing a digital passport via QR code that will be kept on an individual’s phone, as well as a new app that the province says will make it “easier and more convenient for businesses and organizations to read and verify that a digital vaccine receipt is valid, while protecting your privacy.”