Quebec Premier Francois Legault has announced that the province will introduce a vaccine passport system as COVID-19 cases rise.
Legault did not provide many specifics about what the rules will entail, stating that more details will be released soon, but the premier said that people who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should be able to live a more "normal life."
Last month, the Quebec government indicated that if COVID-19 cases started to rise again in the fall, the province would implement a digital vaccine passport requirement for people to access non-essential services, including gyms, team sports, bars, restaurants, arts and entertainment, festivals, and stadium events.
Quebec reported 305 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with 60 people in Quebec hospitals with COVID-19, including 16 in intensive care.
Following the announcement on Thursday morning, many people took to social media to respond to the move in Quebec, many identifying that they would like to see something similar in their own jurisdiction.
Vaccine certification is a reality. Quebec is doing it, and we should expect other provinces and jurisdictions around us to follow. Ontario Liberals called for this early. Doug Ford - as always - will do the right thing only after doing nothing or the wrong thing first. #onpoli https://t.co/jM6NLjNye0
— Asif Hossain (@asifintoronto) August 5, 2021
@francoislegault @JustinTrudeau good for u Quebec for suggesting vaccine passports we need them nationally! It's not about taking privileges away from citizens as much as it is about protecting the masses ... it's a tool in the toolbox against covid. 🤗
— croatocean (@croatocean) August 5, 2021
This might be unpopular, but I wholeheartedly support the passport idea that Quebec just implemented. I see this no different than a vaccine card that I provide the school yearly. Why should I suffer? IMHO
— Eleni O NP (@KouklaHelen) August 5, 2021
— Michael Kempa (@MichaelKempa1) August 5, 2021