Proof of Vaccination

Proof of Vaccination in Select Town of Grimsby Facilities Begins September 22, 2021

Under Provincial Law, the Town of Grimsby will require proof of full vaccination and corresponding ID (showing name and birth date) from members of the public 12 years of age and older who want to enter the Peach King Centre and Livingston Activity Centre effective September 22nd. 

Proof of Vaccination FAQ

The following FAQ details provincial requirements as they relate to municipal facilities in Grimsby. This FAQ is for guidance only and does not supersede provincial legislation and guidelines. For complete rules and regulations on proof of vaccination requirements, please review the provincial regulations and guidance.

Which Town of Grimsby Facilities require Proof of Vaccination?

 Indoor meeting spaces, event spaces, and facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities require proof of vaccination. This includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, sport leagues, sporting events, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events. Indoor areas for meetings and events are also included.

Facilities requiring Proof of Vaccination (unless with valid exemption)

Town Hall

Not required*

Peach King Centre

Required

Livingston Activity Centre

Required

Grimsby Public Library

Not required*

Grimsby Museum

Not required*

Grimsby Public Art Gallery

Not Required*

Other Municipal Facilities

Not Required unless type of use fits within the criteria

*Unless attending an event, activity or meeting for which proof of vaccination is required. 

What is the vaccination criteria for facilities that require proof?

 Effective September 22nd, individuals entering the Peach King Centre and Livingston Activity Centre must be fully vaccinated. An individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:
  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, or
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
  • They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.

How do I provide proof that I am fully vaccinated?

Patrons entering the Peach King Centre and Livingston Activity Centre must provide proof of vaccination and proof of identity in order to enter the facility. Proof of vaccination will be accepted if the person’s name and date of birth on their identification document matches the vaccination receipt with name and date of birth and if the person is fully vaccinated.

Providing Proof of Vaccination

All Ontarians who received a vaccine were provided with a receipt at the time of vaccination. A paper copy would have been provided on site, and an email version set to the vaccine recipient. Additional copies of a COVID-19 vaccination receipt can be downloaded or printed through the COVID-19 vaccination provincial portal or obtained by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943- 3900.

All versions of the receipt are acceptable as proof of vaccination. However, a patron

seeking access to the Peach King Centre and Livingston Activity Centre must provide the

receipt that shows that they are fully vaccinated.

An enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the QR code, will be available beginning October 22. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Providing Proof of Identity

Proof of Identity is required to verify that the vaccine receipt presented matches that patron providing it. Proof of identity must confirm:

  1. The name of the identification holder
  2. Date of birth.


Photo identification is not required. 

Proof of identity can be established using documentation issued by an institution or public body, provided it includes the name of the holder and date of birth. Examples of identification documents that may be used to confirm the identity of the holder of the vaccine receipt include:

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship card
  • Driver’s licence
  • Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, including health card
  • Indian Status Card /Indigenous Membership Card
  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident card

Validation of identification is considered to have been completed/successful when the name and date of birth of the presenter of the vaccination receipt and the name and date of birth on the identification document match. If the name and date of birth on both documents do not match, the individual will not be allowed to enter the Facility or activity.

Are there exemptions for proof of vaccination?

The proof of identification and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 requirements under O. Reg. 364/20 do not apply to:

  • Volunteers, coaches and officials (when actively carrying out these roles)
  • Patrons entering an indoor area solely for the following purposes:
    • to use a washroom;
    • to access customer service or pay a bill
    • to purchase admission (for an event not requiring proof of vaccination)
    • as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.
    • Children under 12 years of age.
      • Patrons 12 years of age and older who do not qualify for an exemption must provide proof of vaccination and identification
      • Patrons or parents/guardians of patrons should be prepared to provide proof of identification including full name and date of birth to allow staff to verify if the patron is under the age of 12
      • If staff cannot verify that a patron is under the age of 12 and does not qualify for another exemption the patron will not be able to enter the facility.
      • Patrons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult and parents/guardians accompanying a child are not exempt from proof of vaccination requirements.
      • Patrons under 18 years of age who are entering the facility solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport.
        • The exemption relating to Youth under 18 years of age activity participating in indoor organized sport applies to training, practices, games and competition. Examples of an organized sport for which the exemption applies include:
          • Sports leagues
          • Organized pick up sports
          • Dance classes
          • Martial Arts
  • The exemption does not apply to youth who are spectators at sporting events. Nor does the exemption apply to youth who are using a gym or other area with exercise equipment or weights unless actively participating in an organized sport.
  • Parents or guardians accompanying a patron that qualifies for an exemption are still required to have proof of vaccination and identification.
  • Patrons who provide a written document, completed and supplied by a physician (designated as “MD”) or by a registered nurse in the extended class (designated as “Registered Nurse (Extended Class)”, “RN(EC)”, “Nurse Practitioner” or “NP”) stating that the individual is exempt for a medical reason from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the effective time-period for the medical reason.

Patrons with a medical exemption are required to present identification and a written document stating the individual is exempt for a medical reason to the business or organization.

Proof of a medical exemption must include:

  • The name of the person in the written documentation matches the identification provided.
  • The physician’s or registered nurse in the extended class’s information is complete by including: o
    • Name and contact information of the physician or registered nurse in the extended class;
    • Logo or letterhead identifying the physician or registered nurse in the extended class; 
    • Statement that there is a medical reason for the individual’s exemption from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and o
    • Any effective time-period for the medical reason which includes the date the patron is seeking access to the business or organization.

How will proof of vaccination and identification be enforced?

 The Town of Grimsby has hired private security to carry out the enforcement of proof of vaccination requirements and screening for COVID-19. There will be zero tolerance for harassment, violent acts, and threats to staff and security at Town facilities. In the event of harassment or threats of acts of violence, law enforcement will be contacted.

What if I don’t want to disclose my vaccination status?

It is the discretion of the individual to determine whether they would like to disclose their vaccination status. Should they make the decision not to divulge this information, they will not be permitted to access settings that require proof of vaccination.

Are masks and physical distancing still required for facilities requiring proof of vaccination?

 All other public health measures (e.g., masking and physical distancing) continue to apply to patrons.

Does a previous COVID-19 infection allow you to attend facilities requiring proof of vaccination? 

 No, a previous infection is not a substitute for being fully vaccinated.

Can my child enter the facility themselves if I am unable to enter?

All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult (18+)

Is a negative COVID-19 test acceptable in place of proof of vaccination?

No, under provincial law a negative test does not take the place of proof of vaccination. 

How do a book a vaccine appointment?

Visit the Ontario Vaccine Booking Website. 

More Vaccination Resources

Niagara Region Public Health Vaccination Information

Niagara Region Vaccination Statistics

Ontario's Vaccination Plan 

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