Vaccinated out of the country? Let public health know

GUELPH – Bart Singh thought he hit pay-dirt when he was able to get two shots of the Pfizer vaccine while on vacation in Florida from January to May this year.

But now that he’s back in Elora, he’s worried that there’s no record in Canada that he’s fully vaccinated.

“There could be 100,000 people like me who had their shots and they are not reflected in the numbers,” he said in a phone interview.

With stages two and three of Ontario’s reopening plan depending on vaccination rates, “the numbers they are using could be totally wrong,” Singh suggested.

“It could be significant.”

Singh is also concerned that if so-called “vaccination passports” are required for future travel, people like him could miss out.

Singh said he phoned the local public health vaccine registration line and his information was taken and entered into the system. So now he’s feeling a little better and is urging other snowbirds to do the same.

In an email, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) spokesperson Danny Williamson said, “Snowbirds should contact us to let us know they’ve had a first shot in another region so we can get them in the system.”

Similarly, anyone who had two shots out of the country should also register with WDGPH.

The number to call is 1-844-780-0202.