Vaccine passports will be mandatory past January

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Premier Doug Ford, seen here in Feb. 2021, announcing restrictions to curb COVID-19 then, is expected to announce more restrictions this morning at 11 am.

Vaccine passports will be around for a while longer.

In October, Premier Doug Ford annouced a timeline for removing the pandemic restrictions which had been put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19. One of the more controversial control, the vaccine passport, was supposed to be phased out in mid – January.

But with COVID-19 cases rising across the province, Health Minister Christine Elliott announced the vaccine passports will stay in place indefinitely and has not given another.

Elliott also says all vaccine passports will soon need to have the QR code for use starting Jan. 4.

And starting Dec. 20, all teens between 12 and 17 will have to show proof of vaccination to be involved in recreational sports.

In Ontario today, there were 1,453 new cases of the virus and 11 deaths. There are 309 people in Ontario hospitals with the virus, 151 are in intensive care.

In Lambton in the last five days there have been 37 people test positive for COVID-19. There are four outbreaks including two at elementary schools.