Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today a new heavy-handed national COVID vaccine passport system that will be mandatory for travel by air, sea, or rail by both domestically and internationally.
“We are very confident this proof-of-vaccination certificate that will be federally approved, issued by the provinces with the health information for Canadians, is going to be accepted at destinations worldwide,” Trudeau said today at a news conference.
According to the federal government, the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination “is a reliable way to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination history when traveling internationally and within Canada.”
“This proof was developed by provinces and territories, with support from the Government of Canada is a recognized, trusted document that has been shared with our international partners,” the government states.
The national vaccine passport will be required for all travel by air, sea, or train within Canada starting October 30.
The vaccine passport, an image of which can be seen on the government’s website, includes name, date of birth, which COVID shots the individual has had. It also includes “a SMART Health Cards QR code.”
The vaccine passport can either be printed out or downloaded onto a smartphone.
Trudeau also confirmed today that COVID “booster shots for the coming years as they become necessary” are in the works along with jabs for kids ages 5 to 11.
Trudeau said his government is working “as quickly as possible” on the COVID jabs for kids as soon as Health Canada approves them.
The federal government just signed a deal with Pfizer for 2.9 million doses of the COVID shot for kids, which will be delivered, Trudeau said, once Health Canada approves the jabs.