COVID-19 update – Passport grace period over; reduced hours at vaccine clinics


Allyson Beauregard

QUÉBEC – The grace period for the province’s vaccine passport system ended September 15 and those aged 13 and over are now required to show proof of full vaccination to access certain non-essential services and events like restaurants, bars, gyms and festivals; fines can now be imposed on violators.
The Legault government announced on September 7 that all health and social service workers in the province – both public and private – will be required to be fully vaccinated as of October 15 or they will face suspensions without pay. The measure applies to “everyone” employed in the field rather than just those in contact with patients for more than 15 minutes daily as was previously announced. The news comes at a time when the province is experiencing serious labour shortages in the sector.
On the same date, Christian Dubé, Québec health minister, added that the passport will be extended to everyone visiting hospitals, including caregivers, effective October 15. There’s an exception for the unvaccinated to visit a dying loved one.
Cases at the Shawville Fair
The Shawville Fair board posted a notice from Québec Public Health on September 10 advising those who attended the Fair on September 4 to monitor for COVID symptoms, seek testing or self-isolate (depending on individual situations) because two confirmed cases of COVID were present at the Fair that day. Those on or in close proximity to the entertainment stage were most at risk.
How to get your QR code
Within a few days of each COVID vaccination, people will receive by e-mail or text message a digital proof of vaccination if an email address or phone number was given when the appointment was made. Instructions for downloading the QR code is provided in the message.
Those who did not received the e-mail or text can visit the self-service portal at www. to receive their proof of vaccination. For those who do not have an email or cellphone, proof can be sent by mail by calling 1‑877‑644‑4545.
New vaccination site hours
CISSSO announced that the opening hours of walk-in vaccination sites will be reduced on September 19 due to reduced demand. Con-sequently, the Campbell’s Bay RA Hall is now only open Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.