COVID-19: Premier Doug Ford announces vaccine certificate system coming Sept. 22 for Ontario

COVID-19: Premier Doug Ford announces vaccine certificate system coming Sept. 22 for Ontario

well good afternoon since the beginning of the coved 19 pandemic our government has responded to the ever changing threat of covet 19. we didn’t hesitate to put measures in place in order to protect people’s health and safety now like other provinces and countries around the world we find ourselves responding to our greatest enemy yet the delta variant our cautious three-step plan to reopening ontario was measured it was a plan that responded to a virus that continues to evolve we had some of the highest thresholds for loosening restrictions and maintained public health measures like indoor masking this cautious approach allowed us to continue delivering record numbers of vaccines while fortifying hospital capacity in keeping covet cases down as a result ontario now has some of the lowest rates of coved in canada this is thanks to all of you we can and should be proud of the progress but we can never be complacent despite this progress like many other jurisdictions we find ourselves facing a fourth wave of covet 19 as we enter the fall months and people return indoors so as we’ve done before we will do whatever it takes to meet these new challenges head on for the past three months along with canada’s other premiers i’ve called on the federal government to develop a national vaccine passport we’ve seen this national leadership in countries around the world who have implemented their own national vaccine certificate programs because it’s clear that a national system is far better than a patchwork of certificates across every single province and territory in in the country especially as more canadians travel abroad but justin trudeau has told us that they will not be rolling out a national vaccine passport while their election is ongoing we can’t wait any longer we must take immediate action and we will because we need to protect our hospitals we need to avoid lockdowns at all costs we want our kids in school and our businesses to stay open and let’s be clear the delta variant is here and it’s very very real threat particularly to those who remain unvaccinated we know that if you’re unvaccinated you are 27 times more likely to end up in a hospital if you get coveted and 42 times more likely to end up in critical care folks please the facts are clear the vaccine is the best tool we have to keep people safe keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed and avoid further lockdowns and that’s why we’re adopting an enhanced vaccine certificate we’ll hear from minister elliot and dr more shortly but after in-depth discussions with our medical experts we’ve landed on a vaccine certificate policy that is based on evidence and best advice it’s a policy with the following key principles vaccinations will be mandatory for certain indoor settings where the risk of transmission is highest because of masks aren’t always worn including restaurants bars and casinos among others enforcement will be led by by law officers will be reasonable and will rely on individuals and businesses to do the right thing the policy will not apply to outdoor spaces where we know the risk of spreading covet is low except for nightclubs because the higher risk of these settings we will accommodate legitimate medical exemptions and will be closely aligned with other provinces that have introduced similar policies while ensuring we design and implement a policy that makes sense for ontario these measures will be in place as of september 22nd and they’re intended with one goal in mind to allow ontario to keep moving forward safely to protect our hard-fought progress my friends it’s no secret this is something that i did not want to do this is a serious step that we’re not taking lightly and i know this is going to be very difficult for some people and let me be clear this is a temporary tool that we won’t use for a day longer than we have to but after talking to dr moore i know that this is what we have to do right now in the face of this fourth wave because these certificates are necessary to keep our hospital safe and to avoid another lockdown this is the right decision for our kids our businesses and for all ontarians before i pass it over to minister elliot i want to implore all ontarians who are not fully vaccinated to do so without delay these vaccines are safe they’re available and they are your best protection against this virus if you have questions please talk to your doctor your pharmacist or primary care provider do it for yourself and for everyone else you care about thank you and god bless the people of ontario now we’ll hand it over to minister elliott thank you premier good afternoon everyone throughout the pandemic the health and safety of ontarians has remained our top priority we’ve taken a cautious approach to reopening and have taken measures to protect vulnerable ontarians including wide-ranging mandatory vaccination policies we know vaccines provide the best protection against covid19 and the delta variant and we thank the over 76 percent of eligible ontarians who have received both doses of the vaccine and together with our health system partners we are continuing our last mile strategy to administer even more first and second doses each day however the threat of coping 19 and the delta variant remains strong and will continue to pose a risk until we receive and achieve higher vaccination rates further action is required to protect ontarians while they enjoy many activities that are now accessible while continuing to keep our schools and businesses open and our economy running that’s why as of september 22nd ontarians will need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated in order to access a number of businesses and public settings this process will occur through two steps this fall beginning september 22nd individuals will be required to show their vaccine receipt at the entrance of certain settings along with photo id these receipts are currently available as pdfs that can be downloaded or printed beginning october 22nd we will introduce an enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique qr code this can be kept on your phone to easily and conveniently show that you’ve been vaccinated when needed the province will also launch a new app to make it easier for businesses to verify your digital vaccine receipt while protecting your privacy our approach will focus on indoor settings with restrictions including those where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn this includes restaurants bars and nightclubs gyms meeting and event spaces and indoor sporting events but i want to be clear that at no time will people be denied medical care food from grocery stores or basic medical supplies based on their vaccination status we will also maintain access to these settings to those who have a medical exemption or children who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine our government will not hesitate to protect ontarians health and well-being and this initiative will help manage the fourth wave while also keeping our schools and businesses open increasing vaccination rates is the path forward out of this pandemic so please if you haven’t already done so get your first and second dose of the vaccine as soon as possible to protect yourself your loved ones and your communities thank you and i will now pass it over to dr moore thank you minister elliot good afternoon everyone like many other jurisdictions ontario is in the midst of the fourth wave of the coven 19 pandemic we’ve seen an increasing number of cases and hospitalizations due to covet 19 especially amongst those who are not vaccinated by taking a cautious approach to ontario’s reopening we’ve been able to slow the growth of the virus but it is critical that we continue to respond with assertive action to protect ontarians from serious illness hospitalization and sadly death we need to be proactive to avoid reactive closures and that means looking at best evidence and practices to maintain a strong chain of protection proof of vaccination is one such practice that is increasingly being being adopted in other jurisdictions to help limit the spread of the virus british colombia manitoba and quebec have all started to implement vaccine credential systems as we continue our last mile strategy to increase vaccination rates the introduction of a proof of vaccination policy will help to encourage every eligible ontarian to get their shot to keep our communities safe and the province open immunization is key to protecting ourselves our loved ones and our most vulnerable and ontario has developed the most comprehensive and far-ranging vaccination policies in the country this includes the directive issued on august 17th mandating vaccination policies in high-risk settings to protect vulnerable patients and staff we are providing third doses of the covet 19 vaccine to vulnerable population and have expanded eligibility for the pfizer vaccine to children born in 2009 or earlier the province and public health units are implementing many community-based strategies to make the vaccine more conveniently available to every eligible ontarian and we will also continue to implement vaccination policies in other congregate post-secondary and child care settings so that every link in our chain of protection is strong ontario has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world and this is key to protecting ontarians against covet 19 and the more transmissible delta variant but we need to do more the months ahead will be challenging and it is vital that every everyone eligible to receive both doses of a covet 19 vaccine do so a large majority of reported cases hospitalizations and death from coven 19 are in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people i am strongly encouraging ontarians who have not gotten vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones please roll up your sleeve and please get vaccinated now thank you we’ll go to the phone line for questions first question please adrian gabriel city tv hi how you doing good afternoon our question for premier ford um you know today quebec announced the beginning of their vacation plan they have their their qr code it’s all set up you were hesitant to do this for months why now and what do you say to the people of ontario who are frustrated that it’s taken this long and they’re going to have to wait until october 22nd to get a qr code that’s september 22nd well let me just answer your question there’s no secret that uh you know i wasn’t in favor of this matter of fact i stood there uh you know a while back and saying i wasn’t in favor of it after sitting down with dr moore after finding out that the federal government just three weeks ago it was just three weeks ago said they weren’t going to have a national passport instead they decided to go with an unnecessary election we’re going to move forward with this and we have some of the most cautious cautious protocols in the entire country in north america as dr moore said we’ve been working hard and i want to thank the people of ontario i want to thank the frontline healthcare workers we have some of the highest vaccination rates in the entire world we continue to have masking policies that other provinces be at bc and uh and alberta bc has 300 times more cases or three times as well six times in alberta which equals 600 percent more cases than than we do so again i think we’ve uh as as as a people of ontario and healthcare workers have done an incredible job and we’re going to continue doing it and taking every single caution we can to make sure that we have hospital capacity that we don’t have to shut down the economy we make sure our kids are back in school make sure the students and colleges and universities are safe and we’re going to do that at all cost follow-up yeah to clarify yes the program begins september 22nd but the qr codes won’t be ready until october 22nd my follow-up question is this there’s a long list of businesses that are exempt salons retail stores places of worship youth sport venues why leave so many places off the list if one of the reasons for this vaccine certificate is to keep businesses open i’ll pass that over to dr moore i’d like to emphasize that we’re trying to be as evidence-based as possible we’re following the data currently available to us in ontario i’ve had regular conversations with medical officers health in in york in hamilton in windsor and in toronto the venues that we have chosen are responsive to the risk that we’ve found in ontario if the risk increases in other venues we can and add and implement additional measures uh to protect ontarians but this is very responsive very data driven and is based on the risks that currently exist in ontario with good feedback from all of the medical officers of health in high-risk jurisdictions where outbreaks are currently occurring next question from lorando rudikov at cbc news hi there thanks for taking our questions first off on schools the date that these passports come into effect is weeks after kids go back to school why aren’t you doing work to prevent communities spread to those who can’t get vaccinated knowing that cases are mounting and that we’re now in a fourth wave well we’re doing everything we possibly can our vaccination rates are again one of the highest in the world highest in canada in north america you know getting back to school is important minister lecce has done an incredible job making sure we have proper ventilation we have hepa filters right across the the school system uh increased cleaning uh he’s done an incredible job and i have all the confidence in the world and our teachers our principals vice principals uh they did it last time we need the kids back in school we cannot afford to go backwards we cannot afford to have online classes the kids need social interaction when it comes to going back to school and we’re going to continue making sure the protocols are in place that we have a safe environment not only for for the educators but especially for for our teachers follow-up uh you had said and we’ve also heard from your ministers that the current system in place to show proof was good enough now you are bringing in this qr code something that we had heard from many people than saying that it was necessary what convinced you that yes this was needed well i’ll go back to months all the premiers every premier wanted a vaccine passport and unfortunately the federal government decided to go to an unnecessary election which i’m still shaking my head over in the middle of a fourth wave and a pandemic and then telling us just three weeks ago that they wouldn’t be able to get it done until the 24th sat down had a lot of great discussions with our medical professionals specifically dr moore and about we said from the beginning this pandemic i follow the medical advice of the chief medical officer in the science and we haven’t wavered from that and we have two options here we either do this or we risk shutting down the economy which would even be worse having our hospital capacity maxed out and at the brink having our kids stay at home our colleges and university kids going back online that’s what we’re trying to avoid and i’m taking the advice of the chief medical officer as i always have and we’re moving forward when we found out that the federal government could not implement this like every other country and every other leader in the world is doing this so when when you’re traveling imagine traveling around even canada with 13 different vaccination certificates it would have been much easier if we had one passport federal passport we could utilize for traveling utilize for going into be at restaurants or other areas that never happened we’ve stepped up and we’re going to make this happen and move forward next question from colin demelo at ctv news hi colin hello good afternoon my first question is to the chief medical officer of health hi dr moore you said earlier in the summer that you were expecting a rise in cases in the third week of september after students returned to school but that acceleration seems to have started well before it already started in august and it’s continuing to build so what are you projecting for september after kids return to school and colleges and universities and how much of an increase are you expecting from where we are today some of the good news is colin that uh you know the number of days for this virus to double is actually increasing so it was getting shortened down to around 21 days if you look at the science table data today it’s up to 30 days so the measures that we’ve been putting in place that ontarians are following of masking and hand hygiene and testing and outbreak management are working for us the policies that we put in play to best protect our colleges and universities and i wrote a letter of instruction uh to ensure that all of our colleges universities in ontario had immunization policies in play the vast majority of those colleges and universities have adopted mandatory immunization that makes those environments safer we’ve also worked diligently all summer long with ministry of education to ensure we have a safe return of our students so all of this we had a heightened risk just a few weeks ago it’s plateauing out and we’ll have to watch as students return it’s not necessary students in the classroom i truly do believe we have increased the safety of the classroom through all of the investments we’ve made over the last several months and all of the best practices that we’ve kept in place as compared to other jurisdictions and the masking that we’re going to have and the testing capacity that we’ve built all of those will i think ensure a safe reopening but we’re going to monitor that data as colleges go back universities go back and students go back and then make decisions uh further with government on further reopening but as you’re anticipating we are putting policies in play anticipating the risk and best protecting ontarians every step of this way and the government is supporting data-based decision-making follow-up thank you my next question is uh to premiere ford hey premier hope you’re feeling safe without journalists in the room um we know it’s through our friends at the toronto star on the globe and mail that you’ve essentially entered into a non-aggression pact with a federal liberal leader justin trudeau and that cabinet ministers are forbidden from campaigning for conservative leader aaron o’toole today though you’ve said a couple of times now that this election is unnecessary are you jumping off the sidelines here are you getting involved in the federal election yeah no i’m not getting involved in the federal election i am i have my hands full here i’m focusing on making sure that we get through this this pandemic making sure that uh there’s this virus a delta virus we’re dealing with the best way we can and i just want to make sure that we move forward and and you know i think i’ve proved that people around canada and ontario i’ll work with anyone i don’t care if it’s the liberals conservatives who whoever ends up becoming the prime minister uh i’ll be able to work with them next question from rob ferguson at the toronto star hi rob please understand um just wondering what you would say to people who are kind of on the front lines at restaurants at bars at nightclubs at you know jay’s games or whatever concerts who have to go over these vacs printed out or downloaded certificates and have to calculate whether the people are two weeks past their uh second shot to make sure they qualify to get in what advice do you have for them because you know there’s probably going to be contentious situations where these people might actually have to act like bouncers yeah no i i hear you uh rob and that’s a great great question we’re really relying on the people of ontario they’ve done an incredible job we have to unite we have to unite as a province and i i know this isn’t easy uh believing i know i’m getting calls and messages and talking to people around the province this is very very difficult but we we have two options here we either continue to move forward in a responsible and very reasonable way or and be proactive by the way or if we aren’t proactive and we don’t take these steps nothing’s worse than shutting down the entire economy we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that that doesn’t happen making sure that the kids are back in school making sure our hospital capacity uh can handle the new cases i i rely uh on the modeling i rely on the chief medical officer and that’s the advice i’m getting and we’re going to be very cautious we want to get through this i do not want this to go a day longer than we have to but we have to see what happens when everyone gets back to work when the kids in colleges and universities get back and the students are back in in school but folks i know it’s difficult but we have to unite the the province and we will get through this follow-up yes thanks for that premiere and maybe if you don’t want to field this next one that i’m welcome to hear from dr moore or elliot um people who are enforcing this at the gangstor rob rob we’re having some trouble hearing you a little bit can you try that again rob rob can you ask your question one more time please sorry what should people do uh in a practical sense if if they’re manning the gates at a a at a game or a restaurant and they do get into a hassle with with someone should they just call the police i think i heard you mentioned earlier uh perhaps by law enforcement so what’s the solution there because it is going to happen i i know and i i just don’t want it to happen i i don’t if people want to get angry they want to protest come down to queen’s park they can they can protest they can do cartwheels do whatever they want down here but uh please these people are just trying to earn a living they’re just trying to do their job you know what’s so sad about this whole situation rob you know this virus you know it is split up friendships it is divided co-workers it has divided families that’s the hardest thing we i deal with you know it it’s it’s heart-wrenching and we need to stay united united we’re a lot stronger than we are when we’re divided uh and maybe dr moore if you want to add any anything to that no premier i think that’s wise advice to ontarians we have to stay kind and caring and compassionate uh i think the vast majority of ontarians are following all the rules they’re 83 of us have who are eligible have had our first doses the vast majority of people are going to be very compliant there’s always a one or two percent uh that’ll be noisy we’re trying to avoid confrontation we’re trying to be reasonable and prudent i believe this will be implemented fairly quickly uh and efficiently and we’ll move on to the qr code so there won’t be those types of one-to-one interactions so there will be a transition time that could be difficult but i do believe the vast majority of us won’t have an issue with this we’ll be kind and caring and compassionate and we’ll do all the things we’ve done in the last year and a half continue to get tested if we have symptoms continue to wear our mask continue to wash our hands and continue to protect one another next question from holly mckenzie suiter at the canadian press hi premier this question for you and maybe dr moore if you want to answer um i understand that these vaccine certificate rules don’t apply to staff in the new venues but it’s still stricter policy than what applies to long-term care homes in schools where unvaccinated people can take a test to attend so can you just explain why an unvaccinated person can work every day in a long-term care home but won’t be allowed into a night club like why are the rules more strict in these non-essential settings well thanks so much for that holly i better hand it over to dr moore with that one thank you so our initial instruction from the minister of long-term care was instruction on the vaccinated or medical exemption or education or test that instruction will be opened in that if there’s a risk assessment that they haven’t achieved the vaccination record or rate amongst the workers that they want that they can expand it to a mandatory as you’ve heard many hospitals have done that same risk assessment for children’s hospitals that serve children that are can’t be immunized they have mandated immunization so we we have had a progressive approach to immunization policies in this province some of the strongest in the world and we will move to mandatory if and when we’re not achieving the goals that we want to protect uh patients uh children and vulnerables in our community follow-up yeah thanks for that follow-up just for uh premier ford i mean this is the first time we’ve heard you take questions from the media in over a month and just wondering if this does have anything to do with the federal election or not wanting to impact the federal conservative campaign just wondering if you can address that and kind of why not take questions in so long when there’s a lot going on in the province yeah and and thanks for that holly you know i’ve been working day in and day out like everyone else has and and i i went to northwestern ontario and i know i always want to say if ontario doesn’t end at the 416 border i traveled 1800 kilometers uh by car not not by a plane we flew into thunder bay and then we got in the car and we we went all over northwestern ontario uh you know these people need to be heard as well uh i was out there uh meeting uh just endless amounts of people uh taking uh tours of different areas and all the all the way up to out of cocoon to fort francis to thunder bay i went to allstone a few other places went to numerous first nations communities to discuss what we can do to there to support them and by the way i’m giving the first nations communities that hosted us a big shout out uh thank you uh they they treated us like gold and i’m very very grateful and will always be there for them and have their boxes as well but again it’s about coming together uniting and making sure we we don’t forget about anyone i’m going to continue to go out to all the whole region of uh of ontario i was uh people don’t realize until you’ve traveled how large ontario is i was at the end of yonge street and then up there they call it the beginning of yonge street over 1800 kilometers and uh just just talking to people telling them that they aren’t forgotten and i’m going to continue to travel to the southwest over in the east and everywhere i possibly can to make sure we’re there and listen to the people on the ground there’s two things that you can do hollywood when you’re an elected uh official you can either sit in the bubble down here i call it the bubble uh listen to a bunch of politicians or ontario provincial staff and not give your number to anyone we’ve taken a different approach our family has i give my phone number to everyone this phone rings non-stop from people that agree and disagree i try to get back to as many people as possible you you have thousands of years around the province and uh you have better insight and i’m i’m just a strong believer of getting out there and talking to the people um that’s what i’m going to continue to do no matter if they agree or or disagree next question from richard southern at 6 80 news hi richard hi premier good afternoon thanks for taking my call i know holly touched on this but i think i didn’t get a clear answer i’m hoping you can address it premiere because i think it’s an important point this program you’re announcing today will ensure that if i go out to dinner everybody at my table and the tables around me are vaccinated but the server that’s bringing my dinner to me may not be can you tell us why you’re not mandating a proof of vaccination for employees but you are for patrons yeah excellent uh question richard i i ask the the exact same thing i’m gonna pass it over to dr moore and uh his his uh ideas and philosophy on on that so if any business can in introduce an immunization policy for their business and for their employees um and in in certain circumstances in ontario we have mandated that as a letter of instruction uh especially for those that provide health care services but we’ve also done it now for colleges and universities the other piece of protection that you have within a restaurant for example is that every worker should be screening for symptoms before they show up they should get tested if they develop any symptoms they should have the appropriate infection prevention and control equipment to protect them against any transmission of infection and so there’s a whole suite of tools that are there to protect the worker although obviously our my goal would be that they are immunized if they choose not to be they are still protected through all those other mechanisms follow-up premier you kept barbers and salons closed for the better part of seven months because you were worried about the possible objections there yet they’re not included on this list uh in addition to that if i may on the two-part follow-up here you brought up what you called an unnecessary federal election twice today when asked about vaccine certificates what exactly does the federal election have to do with what’s being announced today sir i’ll answer that first then i’ll go to the barbers and hairdressers then i’ll pass it to dr moore uh the federal election again all the provinces all the premiers have requested a national vaccine passport it’s a lot easier to standardize the system and then we can utilize that right across the board no matter if we’re traveling abroad or or going into a restaurant it is just so much easier uh they neglected to do that like other governments around the world they have a national passport then they decided to to call the election an unnecessary election at the worst time in my opinion you don’t call the election during a fourth wave uh in saying that they’ve they’ve done it now all the provinces are stepping up and we’re putting together our vaccine certificate and as for barbers and and hair salons uh there was no one that got hurt more uh along with that many companies but especially barbers and hairdressers i got hurt a lot throughout this whole pandemic things were different uh three months ago now we have 83 and growing uh people vaccinate on the first dose we have i believe close to 76 77 percent of the first doses every single day i i get uh you know the sheets that show uh who’s been vaccinated and i’m so happy when i i see the first vaccinations or are continuing at a rate from 10 to 12 000 every single day i think close to 30 000 people got vaccinated yesterday and again uh we wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for the people of ontario uh going out there and getting vaccinated and we wouldn’t be here for the the healthcare workers that just worked day in and day out they’re exhausted and i just want to give them a shout out i want to thank them along with healthcare workers i put them in the same category the firefighters the paramedics police officers emergency services they’ve done an incredible incredible job and dr mark sorry about that good question the personal service sector we’ve done a risk assessment of that sector at present they’ve got very good infection prevention control practices both for their workers and for their clients and their screening that’s in place and they’re smaller settings our biggest concern now going forward with delta is the high transmissibility and high virulence of it especially in gatherings where there’s large numbers of people that’s where you can have explosive outbreaks so our risk assessment at present is the bars the restaurants the gyms where we currently are having outbreaks in ontario we have strong evidence that we need to have policies in place to protect those environments to minimize the impact both on the businesses and on individuals by having this policy in play we will continue to do risk assessments of all of these venues across ontario in the coming weeks and months and can expand the list but at present we’re following data we’re following evidence and we’re putting the policies in place to best protect ontarians but where we will be relentless in protecting ontarians going forward and i certainly hope anyone working the personal service setting will be immunized given that environment last question from jeff gray at the globe and mail thanks very much hi premier i want to ask you just we understand that there was an initial proposal that uh you uh had objections to and and the proposal was revised can you tell us anything about what was it that that you were concerned about with what was initially put forward well with any uh proposal throughout this whole pandemic that’s come from our our provincial staff and our health experts we always tweak it we talk about it and we want to simplify it we just wanted to make sure it’s very easy to get done we wanted to simplify it and and some folks are probably wondering who this good-looking gentleman at the end is minister khalid rasheed that again is the minister of digital government he’s done an incredible job and and this just doesn’t happen overnight i’m not the techie guy uh khalid worked for uh blackberry very very smart individual and has done an incredible job um i’ll i’ll pass it over to uh minister rashid and maybe he can uh talk a little bit about the the program that he’s put together um perfect thank you so much uh premier and absolutely this program that we are launching especially the qr code and the app the the provincial provincially designed app is going to be a very secured and a very privacy protected app and this will allow users to eventually businesses to use this app to look at the qr codes and scan individuals to get gain them access to their premises and i think uh provincially uh the team at ontario digital services have been doing a phenomenal job my team has been working around the clock to make sure that we have a solid product uh by october uh 22nd uh ready to go follow-up so just clever there weren’t areas uh businesses types of businesses that dr moore or other health officials had recommended should come under this policy that you or other ministers cabinet minister has decided should be exempt is that is that right uh that’s correct we we just wanted to again standard make it standardized and simplified as as possible and uh that’s what we did but this this is an uncommon for any any policy you get everyone to look at it uh other ministers cabinet caucus you get you get uh the the you know the people within uh each department to look at it and you tweak it and try to make it as easy as possible to get done and we we just want to move forward on this and i know this is tough believe me it it is very very tough but it’s something necessary that we have to do we have to make sure at all cost no shutdowns make sure our schools stay open and make sure hospital capacity can can handle any influx that we see and by the way i’m going to give my my you know right-hand person a real shout-out minister christine elliott that’s been shoulder to shoulder with me from day one working her back off around the clock making sure that the hospital capacity in icu is increased it’s done an incredible job since the beginning of this pandemic and i’m i’m so grateful uh for her hard work diligent work and with her leadership uh we’re really really doing a pretty good job getting getting through this thanks everyone thank you everyone stay safe get vaccinated thank you
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COVID-19: Premier Doug Ford announces vaccine certificate system coming Sept. 22 for Ontario

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