Manitobans will now be able to travel without having to self-isolate for two weeks if they’ve been fully vaccinated.
An immunization card will be provided to them two weeks after a person has received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, Premier Brian Pallister announced Tuesday.
“We hope this is a temporary measure, of course, as we get to the point where everybody is vaccinated. But in the interim period, this is an important additional thing that’ll benefit you,” he said.
Being able to travel within Canada without the requirement to self-isolate on the return to Manitoba is one of the first benefits from being fully immunized, Pallister said.
In addition, Manitoba health-care facilities, including hospitals and personal care homes, will permit expanded visitation if both the patient or resident and visitor are fully vaccinated. That is expected to be offered up in the coming week.
Another bonus is that anyone identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case is exempt from self-isolation if they are fully vaccinated, Pallister said.
Additional benefits will be announced in the coming weeks, he said.
The digital and physical vaccination cards contain no personal health information or data. They only show the person’s first and last names and a QR code that, when scanned, will show the person is fully vaccinated.
People can apply for the card using a new online portal through the government website.
Once someone has successfully completed the online request, they will automatically receive access to a digital card, according to a government news release.
There is also an option to request a physical card that will be mailed to the address on the applicant’s Manitoba health card. If a physical card is requested, it can be expected in the mail within 14 days.