The final draw for Quebec's vaccine lottery on September 3 is rapidly approaching and the list of prizes to be won keeps growing.
If you get your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before August 31, you could not only win a whopping $1 million by entering the contest, but you could also get your hands on several other great prizes.
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Fully vaccinated youth between the ages of 12 and 17 also have a chance to win prizes. A total of 16 scholarships worth a total of $320,000 will be drawn on September 3. A parent or guardian must consent and complete the registration here for a minor.
Also, a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 may enter all draws if they've received only one vaccine dose.
On Tuesday, Health Minister Christian Dubé confirmed that Quebec's vaccine passport system will officially take effect on September 1.
If you're wondering how it will work, it will be a combination of two mobile phone apps and the QR code you can download as proof of vaccination. Paper proof of vaccination will work as another option.
Tell me about these apps
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One of the apps will be for citizens and the other app will be for businesses and service providers.
The app for average individuals is a wallet-style app where you can store your QR code so it's easily accessible. You can actually store multiple QR codes on this app. As an example, this is useful so that families can keep all their QR codes together.
The app for businesses and service providers is a QR code reader app they can use to scan patrons' QR codes.
After the reader app scans a customer's QR code, the customer's name pops up with a green checkmark or red warning symbol, depending on whether the person should be granted access to the establishment.
The reader app doesn't display any other information about the customer. Alexander Dahl, whose company partnered with the government to create these apps, told MTL Blog that none of the customer's data is stored on the reader app. All data is encoded in the QR code and the apps do not connect to the internet.
Where, when and how can I download the apps?
Dubé explained that both apps will be available to download on the Apple App Store starting at 8 a.m. on August 25.
The apps will be also available on the Google Play app store within a day or two, according to Dubé.
The app meant for merchants is called VaxiCode Vérif and the app meant for citizens is called VaxiCode.
How can I download my QR code?
If you got a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the government should have sent you an email with a link to download your proof of vaccination QR code.
As vaccination targets are being met from coast to coast, many Canadians remain reluctant to be vaccinated against COVID-19. While 75% of the population over the age of 12 is fully vaccinated in Quebec, there are still 25% who are not and here are some of the reasons why.
According to the most recent Leger survey, published on Friday, August 20, and conducted among 1,515 respondents, a minority of them said they do not intend to be vaccinated.
The survey revealed that 71% of respondents who do not plan to get vaccinated "do not believe the vaccines are safe," while 20% think "the COVID-19 vaccines are only a ruse from the governments to exert control" and 10% simply "do not believe in vaccines."
The Minister of Public Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced on Wednesday, August 18 that a Sea-Doo TRIXX watercraft, courtesy of the Quebec company BRP, will be among the prizes to be drawn on September 3.
In a press release, Dubé mentioned that the watercraft in question is "light and compact" and "exceptionally fun to drive," adding that it is also "easy to tow and store since it takes up less space than a boat."
Although it is being drawn from among Quebecers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Ministry says the prize will be awarded to the winner next spring.
On July 30, the Quebec government announced the addition of some 20 prizes to the $1 million and 16 scholarships. Among them are a seven-night all-inclusive vacation package for two people in Cancun, a travel voucher for two people for a round-trip business class flight to any destination served by Air Canada and ten travel vouchers for two people for a round-trip economy class flight to any destination in Canada.
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