Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday that, effective March 1st, Ontario will end COVID-19 vaccination passport requirements; no more proof of vax to eat, shop, or workout. Ford claims lifting the restrictions has nothing to do with the ongoing protests.
“Ford made his announcement about a half-day after a blockade of the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor was ended, but insisted the decision was in the works ‘long before’ the seven days of protests — spurred by COVID-19 restrictions and a trucker vaccine mandate — had threatened the economies of both nations,” The Detroit News Reports.
“Ford said the end of the vaccine passport system, whose federal version has inspired a weeks-long trucker convoy in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, is coming ‘not because of what’s happening in Ottawa or Windsor, but despite it.'”
“We’re moving in this direction because it is safe to do so,” Ford said. “Through the advice of (Dr. Kieran Moore, chief medical officer of health for Ontario), we accepted the passports. Through the advice of Dr. Moore, we’re going to get rid of the passports.
“All of the metrics are improving dramatically in terms of the number of people hospitalized, the number of people in intensive care units, the percentage of tests that are positive,” Moore says.
Ontario has a 92 percent vaccination rate for people 12 and up.