Published: Sat, June 19, 2021
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National vaccine passports for global travel coming this fall: Trudeau

National vaccine passports for global travel coming this fall: Trudeau

On Friday, the federal government announced that it was extending its border restrictions on non-essential worldwide travel for another month.

"In coordination with the USA, we are extending restrictions on non-essential worldwide travel and with the United States until July 21st, 2021", a tweet from Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness reads.

'The government is planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, Permanent Residents, and others who are now permitted to enter Canada and will provide further details on Monday, June 21, ' he tweeted. The restrictions, which came into effect in March 2020, exempt the flow of trade and commerce, as well as the movement of vital health-care workers such as nurses who live and work on opposite sides of the border.

Trudeau has previously said that it would take 75 per cent of Canadians with their first dose and 20 per cent of Canadians with two doses before restrictions can be lifted.

There are yet other issues that need to be addressed, Trudeau said, including what to do about children under 12 for whom vaccines have not been approved.

One B.C. mayor was surprised to learn he couldn't attend a performance of Springsteen on Broadway in New York City because the venue operator, Jujamcyn Theaters, is limiting attendance to those who've had the mRNA shots or a shot of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

"As we said, we are looking forward to getting back to normal as soon as possible, but we're not out of this pandemic yet", Trudeau said.

"We're not out of this pandemic yet, we're still seeing cases across the country and we want to get them down". The restrictions have been extended month by month since.

Trudeau said he spoke with Canadian premiers on Thursday night and said the focus is on doing it the right way and not spurring on a fourth COVID-19 wave.

"Travellers would have to be fully vaccinated 14 days or more prior to their arrival and they will still be required to have a negative pre-departure PCR test result, and required to be tested upon arrival".

She stressed however Canada is getting a fair deal for the lifesaving vaccines.

The prime minister, who is in quarantine after a trip to the United Kingdom and Brussels to attend worldwide summits, provided some detail about the government's plan to ease restrictions.

In the "medium-term", Trudeau said, there will be a more formal federal program tied to provincial health records which will give border guards access to vaccination records.

"We've been quite supportive of the government coming up with a policy and a mechanism on how it's going to capture that data".

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