The government of Manitoba, in central Canada, will award almost Can$2 million in cash and scholarships to encourage residents "to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible", provincial Premier Brian Pallister said. "Manitobans have told us that getting back to the things they love and miss is one of the biggest incentives to getting vaccinated".
The card will exempt people from the current rule that requires people to self-isolate for 14 days after travelling to another province or territory.
"I'm pleased to share the launch of... the new immunization card that is available to Manitobans two weeks after they've received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine", said Pallister during a press conference.
These vaccine cards will also allow for expanded visitations for people in hospitals and personal care homes. "In the interim period, this is an important additional thing that will benefit you".
Pallister noted the cards contain no personal health information or data. The premier is set to receive his second dose Thursday. Rather, the cards only show the person's first and last names and a QR code.
Manitobans will be able to request a digital or physical immunization card by applying online through the provincial government's website two weeks after they are fully vaccinated. A physical copy is expected to be mailed within two weeks.
People who would like to request their card but do not have internet access can contact the insured benefits branch of Manitoba Health and Seniors Care at 204-786-7101 or 1-800-392-1207 (toll-free) to request a card.
Manitoba has been in discussions with other provinces about the travel requirements that will be in place as more Canadians get vaccinated, Pallister said.
"The sooner we get vaccinated, the sooner we get our lives back".