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."
Anyone 12 or older has to show proof of vaccination when travelling within Canada as of October 30, so you'll want to have the national vaccine passport handy if you plan on leaving Quebec. While Canada's vaccine passport does not guarantee entry into another country, it can help streamline the process of travelling internationally.
Unlike, Quebec's vaccine passport, the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination has official logos for both the province and the Government of Canada with a little Canadian flag appearing above the letter "a" in Canada. It's also a bilingual document, with information in both French and English.
It says "COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination" at the top of the document.
The overall look is consistent across the country but the logo changes based on your province or territory.
In terms of your personal details, here's what you can expect it to show:
Your full name and date of birth
Your COVID-19 vaccination history, including:
the number of dose(s)
the vaccine type(s), product name(s) and lot number
the date(s) you got your vaccination(s)
a SMART Health Cards QR code
The QR code contains your vaccination history. It may also include additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines you got.
"The only medical information shown is your COVID-19 vaccination history. It doesn't contain your health card number, so it can't be used to access other health information or be used for other health services," according to the government website.
If you were thinking of using your Quebec QR code abroad or in other provinces, think again. You need to download another proof of vaccination from the government's self-service portal, which comes in a PDF format directly to your cell phone or by mail.
The government specified that this proof will be used to use your vaccination passport in all Canadian provinces, as well as in several American states and countries around the world. However, you are invited to inform yourself about the vaccination requirements of each place before travelling, as they change very quickly.
The current QR code cab only be used in Quebec, while this new proof of vaccination will be your ally for your future trips.
The government recommends that you download this proof of vaccination the day before you travel outside Quebec.
Remember that the land border with the United States will reopen on November 8.
Quebec's Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) has issued a "call for vigilance," warning that fake vaccine passport apps have become available on the Google Play store.
"According to the information received, people have copied the visual developed for the VaxiCode app and have succeeded in having these fake applications approved for download on Google Play," says an MSSS press release. "Steps were taken with Google to have the fake apps removed as soon as possible."
⚠️APPEL À LA VIGILANCE - Une fausse application liée au passeport vaccinal du Québec circule actuellement.
The ministry notes that — while this type of copying of popular apps is becoming an "increasingly frequent problem" — the issue has nothing to do with the "integrity or security" of the official apps, which continue to be "secure and ensure the protection of personal information."
To ensure you're downloading the legitimate, official government app, check that the name of the app is exactly correct. For citizens, it should be called exactly "VaxiCode" with no other words before or after. For the merchant, it should be called exactly "VaxiCode Verif" without any other word before or after and without any accent.
The real VaxiCode and VaxiCode Verif apps only require authorization to access the device's camera or files and images and nothing else. VaxiCode also has no ads.
The fake apps are fairly easy to identify because they won't allow you to download your QR code.