Trips to the US just got easier

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The federal government says fully vaccinated Canadians won’t have to quarantine after travel anymore.

The health minister made the announcement this morning adding people will still have to have COVID-19 screening before they leave and when they return to Canada, however staying at a government approved quarantine hotel won’t be necessary.

Starting July 5, you will have to prove your vaccination with a paper or digital copy of your vaccination record.

The federal government has yet to release any details of how or when the border with the US will fully open.

Meantime, Lambton Public Health says it won’t guarantee what type of COVID-19 vaccine you’ll receive.

Right now, public health is getting the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health says the supply coming in is ramping up. “We have enough vaccine coming in the next two to four weeks to increase our local vaccination rates significantly,” says Dr. Sudit Ranade “and doing so will allow us to safely return to the activities and gatherings we have missed so much. I strongly encourage all Lambton residents to take the first available dose they can, whether they are coming for their first or second dose.”

There have been reports of people going to vaccination clinics across the province and turning down a vaccine because it is not the brand they were expecting. Ranade says the best dose for either your first or second dose is the one available.

“What’s most important is that as many Lambton County residents receive both first and second doses as soon as possible. We know that having two doses provides the strongest possible protection against the Delta variant.”

The only exception is 12 to 17 year olds. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for them so far.

Today in Ontario, 270 new cases of COVID-19 were reported. The last time the daily case rate was that low was in mid-September. Three people have died since the last COVID-19 case numbers were reported.