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Any Peace region residents planning to head across the border to Alberta in the near future will now need to show their vaccine records through a QR code.

As of Monday, vaccine records without a scannable QR code are no longer accepted when accessing most non-essential activities and events such as restaurants, fitness facilities, and movie theatres.

The Province’s verifier app will also be able to scan records with QR codes from other provinces and territories.

The new requirement means residents aged 12 and older will be unable to show immunization records from a vaccine clinic or from MyHealth Records when trying to access a business or event taking part in the Restrictions Exemption Program.

The program was implemented in September, and businesses have a choice whether they want to participate, but those who don’t will have to follow certain restrictions.

“Thank you to the more than three million Albertans who have been vaccinated and have already accessed their enhanced vaccine records,” Health Minister Jason Copping said in a statement. “I encourage anyone who hasn’t yet been vaccinated to get the facts they need by speaking to their doctor.”

For Albertans, the QR code can be accessed through the Province’s website and then it can be printed or saved to a phone.

Businesses will be required to download the AB COVID Records Verifier app to scan for vaccine proof. The app will display a green checkmark or a red “x” depending on vaccine status.

BC’s vaccine card has been in effect since September 13th, where only one dose was needed until October 24th, when residents were required to be fully vaccinated.

 

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