Ontario opposition parties are appealing to the Ford government to extend the use of the province’s COVID-19 proof of vaccination system to LCBOs and marijuana stores.

“With lives and livelihoods at stake, we can not afford Doug Ford to swing another reopening,” Liberal Party leader Steven Del Duca said in a statement on Tuesday.

“He needs to strengthen the vaccine certificate now to make sure that this reopening is permanent, so that we can all return to the things we love sooner, and so that businesses are not closed again.”

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The Liberals demanded that vaccine certificates be used at LCBOs, cannabis shops and non-essential retailers.

Last week, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath also asked that vaccine certificates be required in those areas.

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The Liberals’ statement called for pick-ups along the edge at LCBO stores to be made available to those who are unvaccinated and have alcohol dependence.

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The Liberals also said that the definition of fully vaccinated should be adjusted to require booster doses.

When asked last week whether the province would change the definition of fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Doug Ford said “not right at this stage.”

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Global News reached out to the prime minister’s office and the Ministry of Health for comment on calls to extend the use of the proof of vaccination system, but received no response to publication.

In Ontario, of the 12-year-old and older population, about 88.9 percent are considered fully vaccinated and 46.7 percent have received a booster dose.

– With files by Gabby Rodrigues

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