With the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine in sight, Ontario has indicated that it would restrict those who do not take the vaccine. Such restrictions may come in the form of travels, attendance of school, movie theatres and other crowded public places. The Ford government noted that it would provide documentation that would show proof of vaccination for those who are vaccinated. This declaration comes amidst severe vaccine hesitancy among many groups especially the racialized groups. Part of the hesitancy has to do with the fact that the vaccine has not been duly tested and the side effects are unknown as this point.

The Health Minister, Christine Elliot stated that while vaccination would not be mandatory, it would eventually be required in public places. She noted, “That’s going to be really important for people to have for travel purposes, perhaps for work purposes, for going to theatres or cinemas, or any other places where people will be in closer physical contact when we get through the worst of the pandemic. That will be essential for people to have.”

Canada on Wednesday approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and expects to get an initial supply of 249,000 doses. Canada joins UK as the second country to approve the vaccine.

-The Political Scientist

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