Albertans Still Have to Wait a Bit to Access Their Federal Vaccine Passport

    Suppose you’re a resident of Alberta and you’re looking to travel within Canada or internationally. In that case, chances are you won’t be able to use the vaccine passport pushed by the government right away. The reason for this is the vaccine cards distributed by the province still do not contain the federal stamp of approval.

    In line with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement on Thursday that a standardized COVID-19 system will be set up to be used by all Canadians for domestic and international travel beginning October 30, all provinces and territories have been urged to establish corresponding databases for the same.

    While respective portals instituted by various provinces where citizens can download their national proof of vaccination are already online, the one for Alberta is not up yet.

    Trudeau recently announced during a press conference that “Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and all three territories, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon who already have put into use the national standard for proof of vaccination.” He also added that these can also be “downloaded, printed, or mailed.”

     “All other provinces have agreed and are working hard to come online so that as Canadians look to start travelling again, there will be a standardized proof of vaccination certificate,” Trudeau emphasized. “We will be picking up the tab for at the federal level to ensure that all provinces can do it.”

    However, Albertans need not worry, though. The federal government stressed that provincial vaccine passports will still be accepted until all Canadians access the standardized COVID-19 system.

    On a related note, Alberta’s QR code app is now ready for download to provide individual provincial vaccine passport codes for residents. While the said QR code is only limited for use across the province, it will be the single acceptable proof of vaccination in Alberta starting on November 15.

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