The app is available on the App Store for iPhone users and will be available on Google Play in the coming days.* If you've ever downloaded an app, you know what to do from here.
Once it's downloaded, VaxiCode will ask you to add your proof of vaccination either by scanning the QR code that you might already have in your email or by manually entering your information through Quebec.ca's self-service portal.
What's handy is that you can add multiple vaccine passports on one phone, so you could theoretically include all members of your household if some of them don't have a phone.
A paper copy of your QR code vaccination proof will also be accepted at businesses and activities that require it.
Whether you show the QR code by phone or paper is up to you, but in all cases, you'll need to show a photo ID if you're over 16.
Where do I need to show my vaccine passport?
You'll need to present a vaccine passport at restaurants, bars, outdoor events with more than 50 people, cinemas, and many indoor sports facilities.
In certain settings, you won't need a vaccine passport. For instance, places of worship, beauty and spa services, libraries, museums and some outdoor activities are exempt.
A new study has revealed the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Quebecers' mental health, social and work life and to no one's surprise, we're basically a bunch of quivering wrecks.
Seventy-seven percent of Quebec respondents reported feelings of dissatisfaction with their social lives, but more women (80%) than men (73%) felt dissatisfied.
The study by the Institut de la statistique du Québec evaluated the responses of more than 7,000 Quebecers aged 15 and over.
While many people experienced loneliness and isolation, the study found that women, people under 35, students, and people living alone or in single-parent households were among the groups who were most affected.
Physical and mental health concerns affected the vast majority of Quebecers, according to the study.
Sixty-two percent of Quebecers aged 15 and older reported that they were concerned about their own health during the pandemic. 73% said they were concerned about the health of a loved one "at-risk" (defined as a person "aged 70 and over or with a health problem or working in the health care sector").
In regards to physical activity, the study found that 45% of respondents decreased their activity levels during the pandemic, with 15 to 24-year-olds reporting the largest decrease among all age groups.
And finally, among the vices, 14% of respondents reported an increase in alcohol consumption, while 17% reported a decrease. Four percent of respondents reported an increase in their use of cannabis and 3% reported a decrease.
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"Administering an additional dose, ideally of a messenger RNA vaccine, provides better protection against COVID-19 where there is widespread circulation of the Delta variant," the government states online.
A third dose should be administered "four weeks or more" after a second dose. People living in private seniors' residences, CHSLDs and RI-RTF should get their third dose six months after their second, the government says.
The additional dose is needed even if the individual was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past.
Individuals may go to a walk-in vaccination clinic or make an appointment on the Clic Santé portal.
At a press conference on Thursday, Quebec Health Minister Chrisitan Dubé announced that the Bell Centre will be able to welcome a full house, with mask-wearing and vaccine passports in place, for the upcoming Montreal Canadiens season.
This is compared to the 7,500 spectators that were allowed at the Bell Centre previously.
The Bell Centre is just one venue impacted by Dubé's announcement, which allows all halls with assigned seating to fill their seats to maximum capacity beginning on October 8, as long as masks and vaccine passports are in effect.
This includes venues for conventions, conferences, assemblies, meetings, and graduation ceremonies as well as theatres and cinemas.
"We did relatively well in September," said Dubé, "but we can't claim victory yet. [...] We know there will be more contact indoors in October."
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
"We're going to have good news tomorrow," Health Minister Christian Dubésaid Wednesday ahead of a joint press conference with Culture and Communications Minister Nathalie Roy scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday.
National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda suggested at a press conference this week that the government's next move would be to ease restrictions in larger venues by making further use of the vaccine passport system.
"We're going to go to places where there has not been an outbreak, we're going to go to large areas, we're going to use the vaccine passport more and more," Arruda said in response to a question about increasing capacity in arenas and theatres.
Dubé added that "if there is any relief [from measures] in the next few days, it will be for the double-vaccinated."
The presence of Roy at the Thursday press conference suggests there will be an announcement about cultural activities.