Manitoba launches vaccine passport for those fully immunized against COVID-19

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9:19Vaccination card will allow mother and daughter to reunite

Premier Brian Pallister announced immunization cards for Manitobans who have had both doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

"As a government, we are doing everything we can to bolster vaccine availability and accessibility, and equipping Manitobans with the information and support they need to make the right decision to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community".

Premier Jason Kenney has said that all restrictions would be lifted when 70 per cent of the population has had one dose, but thousands more vaccination appointments are needed to get to that goal.

The card will exempt people from the current rule that requires people to self-isolate for 14 days after travelling to another province or territory.

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Finally, he said, "you'll be able to visit family and friends in a personal care home or in a health care facility as well".

The Premier adds that he hopes the cards aren't around for the long haul.

The Manitoba government is launching a lottery that will award almost $2 million in cash and scholarships to people who get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Digital and physical cards will be available but the province has stated that they will not contain personal health information or data. Rather, the cards only show the person's first and last names and a QR code. There is also an option to request a physical card that will be mailed to the address on the applicant's Manitoba health card.

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People who would like to request their card but do not have internet access can contact the insured benefits branch of Manitoba Health and Seniors Care at 204-786-7101 or 1-800-392-1207 (toll-free) to request a card.

"We are all eager to be able to travel, visit family and friends, and enjoy the many freedoms we have taken for granted and missed these many months", said Pallister.

Also Thursday, Manitoba outlined its reopening plan which aims to loosen public health restrictions as more people get vaccinated by certain summer holiday dates.

The new card provides proof of immunization status only.

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