By Gordon Lambie
The standardized Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination for travelers announced last week can now be acquired from the Quebec.ca website. Although information about the new standardized system was promoted through the federal government at the time it was announced, the document itself can only be acquired through each province’s system. In Quebec, the version of the passport for travel outside of the province can be acquired through the same self-service web portal used for the in-province version linked to the Vaxicode app, but the two documents are distinct.
The portal in question can be found by going to https://covid19.quebec.ca/PreuveVaccinale
Once on the page, the prospective traveler needs to fill out the requested information including name, date of birth, postal code, health insurance number, the names of one parent and the date and type of their first vaccine dose. Users will then be prompted to provide either an email address or a mobile phone number where the link to the passport document can be sent. This process will be familiar to anyone who has already done the work of downloading a QR code or setting up their Vaxicode app, as it is exactly the same.
Once the link has been received by whatever means indicated, following it now brings up two options, “download your proof for use in Quebec” and one lower down that is for “outside Quebec.” It is this second option that carries the required information for the new system, including information written in both French and English, and a mention of Canada as the issuing country.
The Province of Quebec reported 1,314 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic to 423,105.
There were also 14 new deaths recorded, bringing the total number to 11,472 so far.
As of Sunday there were 250 in hospital across the province for reasons linked to the virus, 65 of whom were in intensive care. This marks a decrease in both figures since the last update in The Record.
Friday’s update on the situation in the Eastern Townships was late coming and incomplete. No clarification was offered by the regional healthcare authority, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS, as to what caused the gap in publication of data, but in a message posted to the regional public health department’s facebook page, they later shared that there were 97 new cases in the region between Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Friday the 22. The region also recorded two new Covid-related deaths in that time. The INSPQ, the provincial institute of public health, had record of 341 active cases across the region as of Friday morning, only five fewer than were reported the previous day. Of that total, 110 were in Sherbrooke, 74 were in the Haute Yamaska, 30 were in the Granit region, 27 were in each of the Val Saint-François and Memphremagog regions, 20 were in the Coaticook region, 17 were in the des-Sources area, 15 were in the Haut-Saint-François, and 14 were in la Pommeraie. In this data, the cluster in the des-Sources region no longer has the highest rate of infection in the region.
As of Friday there were 12 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Townships, two of whom were in intensive care.