Edmonton police say no reports of falsified vaccine records since vaccine mandate implemented

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Nearly three months into Alberta’s restriction exemption program, Edmonton police say no reports of falsified vaccine records have been made.

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The program, which requires proof of double doses of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours, or a medical exemption for patrons 12 and over was implemented on Sept. 20, beginning with a paper copy of a vaccine record. On Nov. 15, the province made it so only a paper or digital copy of a vaccine record with a QR code was acceptable.

In a statement, Edmonton police spokeswoman Carolin Maran said the restrictions exemption program is part of a public health order and complaints, followups and enforcement are conducted by public health inspectors.

“The only time the EPS directly responds is if there’s imminent risk to public safety or if the inspectors require our assistance due to safety concerns,” Maran said. “Since the REP was implemented, EPS assistance has not been requested to date.”

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Edmonton police also noted they have not received any reports of falsified vaccine records. According to the province, creating or using a false vaccination record is an offence subject to prosecution and/or fines of up to $100,000 for a first-time offence.

According to Alberta Health, the app used to scan vaccine QR codes does not store any personal information and therefore would not record any instances where a QR code is rejected.

“If the app shows a ‘record not valid’ or ‘record not found’ message when scanning a QR code vaccine record, or a venue suspects it is a falsified record, then the patron will be denied entry to a venue or business,” said spokeswoman Lisa Glover in a statement.

“If a business suspects a falsified record or a person refuses to comply with the restrictions exemption program, they can contact local law enforcement and provide whatever details on the matter they have available. If law enforcement is engaged, next steps would be under their purview as the investigating body.”

There have been a total of 804 COVID-19 related complaints and service requests Alberta Health Services has received from Nov. 15 to Nov. 25.

Complaints can be related to compliance with current public health measures, masking, capacity and gathering limits, compliance with the restrictions exemption program, as well as concerns about people that are not following isolation requirements.

In the Edmonton Zone, there were 269 complaints made, 263 in the Calgary Zone, 130 in the Central Zone, 68 in the South Zone and 74 in the North Zone.

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