During his press conference on Tuesday, Ontario Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore said that residents who haven’t had their COVID-19 vaccine shots are more likely to be infected than their vaccinated counterparts.
He also added that if there will be a 4th wave of infection in the province, it can be directly attributed to unvaccinated residents.
According to Moore, individuals who are yet to have their COVID-19 vaccine are 29 times more susceptible to hospitalization and 48 times to end up in the intensive care unit.
“We really need to get these rates higher. This age group is very social, and this is where the virus needs to survive,”
Moore emphasized during his public announcement.
However, Ontario’s top doctor did not suggest that the province will require proof of vaccination to access public establishments and events like concerts, sports games, and indoor and patio dining like those already mandated by Quebec and British Columbia.
Akin to an earlier announcement by Health Minister Christine Elliott, Moore stressed that an upcoming federal vaccine passport would be available to Ontarians shortly. A downloadable PDF receipt can also be accessed by residents if business establishments will require it for admittance.
On the other hand, the availability of this PDF receipt is scrapped by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce since it passes the burden of making rules to the individual businesses in the area, and it can be easy to forge.