The Quebec vaccination passport became available to Android phone users on Monday afternoon, just two days before the system went into effect.
Users can find the app on the Google Play Store by searching for “VaxiCode”.
The passport app has been on the Apple App Store since last Wednesday.
Many non-essential businesses will begin scanning vaccine passports on September 1, but the province has implemented a two-week grace period for individuals and businesses to adapt.
Health Minister Christian Dubé said he found Android’s delay “a little surprising”, given that the apps were presented to Google and Apple at the same time.
[Passeport vaccinal] The VaxiCode and VaxiCode Verif apps are now available for Android phone users.
Dubé pointed out that a printed version or a digital version of the QR code is also valid for those who have not yet downloaded their QR code in the app, or who do not have a smartphone at all.
He said 5.5 million people have downloaded their QR code, proving that they are fully vaccinated. Far fewer people – 1.3 million – downloaded the app.
In total, 86 percent of the eligible Quebec population has received a single vaccine injection and 78 percent are considered to be adequately vaccinated.
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Push to help the elderly to access the app, get documents
As the province prepares for the passport system to take effect, advocates say the digital system could pose a problem for some less tech-savvy people.
To this end, local organizations and health authorities are mobilizing to guide people through the process of finding their documents or downloading the VaxiCode application.
In Montreal, staff from the Square Décarie and Parc-Extension vaccination clinics were helping people on Monday.
“There is really a mixture… we have young people, older people – some people are less familiar with computers,” said Lucie Tremblay, director of nursing and vaccination at the Regional Health Authority of the CIUSSS. Center-West of Montreal.
Tremblay says people can also call the COVID-19 hotline (1-877-644-4545), and someone will walk them through the steps to download their code.
Shawn Bourdages, director general of the Duff-Court neighborhood life committee in Montreal, says he intends to support seniors in the coming days, but he hopes the government will find a solution to avoid excluding people who cannot. not understand the passport system.
He says not all neighborhoods are fortunate enough to have community organizations to help them. Therefore, he believes pharmacies or clinics should offer to print proof of vaccination for those who cannot afford it.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc offers a service where people can call the library, go there in person, or go to the Parks and Recreation office for help downloading their QR code or getting a printed copy.