GNWT introduces online proof of vaccination

Residents will need to fill an online form out to access their Proof of Vaccine Certificate. (Photo by Luke Carroll/ CKLB.)

Starting today residents of the Northwest Territories can access their proof of COVID-19 vaccine credentials (PVC) online.

In a press release, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) says residents can access this by filling out an online self-serve form and then downloading their PVC record. The NWT PVC is a PDF that includes a QR code.

Several other jurisdictions across Canada require residents to be vaccinated to access certain non-essential businesses such as restaurants and gyms. In order to enforce this, residents from these jurisdictions access their PVCs on their phones. The QR is then scanned, confirming the person is vaccinated and allowing them to enter the non-essential business.

The NWT doesn’t currently have any rules around vaccine requirements for non-essential businesses, but in just over two weeks residents will need to provide proof they are fully vaccinated in order to fly domestically.

“The GNWT has been working closely with the Government of Canada and with our provincial and territorial counterparts to develop this consistent, Canada-wide Proof of Vaccination Credential. This new way to access your COVID-19 vaccination health record is fast, easy, and secure. I encourage everyone to use the self-serve online form,” said Julie Green, territorial health minister, in a press release.

The information contained in the PVC will include name, date of birth, as well as dates and description of vaccine.

Previously residents could only access vaccination records through picking up a printout version from their local health centre. A printout version of the PVC will also be available in later October, but the GNWT is encouraging residents to access their PVC online and not attend health centres at this time.

The news comes the day the Government of Nunavut announced it would be introducing PVCs so Nunavummiut are able to travel domestically.

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