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Ontario Government going to issue 'Immunity Passports' so people can prove they have received it

While others who choose not to take it could face restrictions

On Thursday, Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association joined Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS. 

During their conversation, they discussed the recent remarks from Ontario's Health Minister Christine Elliot. 

During a press conference, Minister Elliot said Ontario will issue government documentation or 'Immunity Passports' so that people can prove they have received the vaccine. 

Minister Elliot also mentioned that the vaccine will not be mandatory, however, people who decide not to take it could face certain restrictions, such as, eventually not being able to access communal spaces. 

In Canada, there are no mandatory vaccine laws, and McPhail said, it is unlikely that there ever will be for constitutional reasons. "To speculate on allowing private sector businesses to decide whether a medical choice that people make excludes them from entering a business or receiving a protect or services is a radical thing to be talking about in Canada."

McPhail also mentioned that when these types of restrictions come into play, some people will not be able to take it due to private medical reasons.

"We already know with the trial in the United Kingdom that people with serious allergic conditions may not be able to take the vaccine, and it may be more dangerous than getting COVID-19, and there's going to be other cases where you have disabilities or other underlying medical conditions simply won't be able to get the vaccination." 

McPhail added 'Immunity Passports' are something the Ford government and residents have to think through very carefully because bad policy can and is created when people are afraid of what's to come.

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