BC Proof of Vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card

Last updated: Occtober 24, 2021

The BC Vaccine Card is required to access some events, services and businesses in BC. Get your card today.

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Get the BC Vaccine Card

The BC Vaccine Card will allow people to conveniently and securely show their proof of vaccination, using a digital or paper version, and has a QR code and will show that you are either fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or no record found.

Get Your Digital BC Vaccine Card

Starting September 7, 2021, you can follow these steps to obtain your BC Vaccine Card:

  1. Log In Securely
    • Visit gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard and enter your:
      • Personal Health Number
      • Date of birth
      • Date of vaccine (Dose 1 or Dose 2)
  2. Get and Save Your BC Vaccine Card
    • After you’ve securely logged in, you have 2 options:
      • Save a digital copy of your card to your phone or tablet
      • Print a paper copy and keep it with you
    • You can save or print a card for yourself or someone else, like a youth or parent.
  3. Show Your Card
    • Have your card ready when entering a business. They will look at your vaccine card and also check your government ID.

Your BC Vaccine Card is also available through the Health Gateway portal for Health Gateway users.

Get your BC Vaccine Card

Get a Paper Copy of the BC Vaccine Card

The website can be used to print your BC Vaccine Card by following the same three steps and printing from a computer or phone.

If you need help:

  • Ask a friend or family member to assist you to print your BC Vaccine Card
  • Call the Provincial Vaccine line at 1-833-838-2323 to get your printed card mailed to you
  • Visit one of the 64 Service BC Centres that can print your card for you


What the BC Vaccine Card looks Like

You can save the digital version to your phone or tablet or print a paper copy to carry in your wallet. Both options are accepted everywhere.

Digital Card

Paper Card


Proof of Vaccination Requirement

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of full vaccination is required to access some events, services and businesses. The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022, and could be extended.

Places Proof of Vaccination is Required for Entry

The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and covers:

  • Indoor ticketed sporting events with more than 50 people
  • Indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events with more than 50 people
  • Licensed restaurants and cafes and restaurants and cafes that offer table service (indoor and patio dining)
    • Includes liquor tasting rooms in wineries, breweries or distilleries
  • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
  • Nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
  • Gyms, exercise and dance facilities or studios
    • Includes these activities happening in recreation facilities
  • Businesses offering indoor exercise/fitness
  • Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older
  • Indoor organized events with more than 50 people
    • For example, weddings, funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home), organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities with more than 50 people
    • For example, pottery studios, art classes or choir rehearsals
  • Post-secondary student housing
  • Spectators at indoor youth sporting events with more than 50 people

Events, businesses and services will ask to see your proof of vaccination and valid government ID.

Places Proof of Vaccination is Not Required for Entry

You don’t have to show proof of vaccination at places like:

  • Grocery stores, liquor stores and pharmacies
  • Unlicensed restaurants that don’t offer table service
    • For example, fast food, coffee shops, food courts, food trucks and takeout
  • Tasting rooms without seating attached to wineries, breweries or distilleries
  • Local public transportation (BC Transit, TransLink, BC Ferries)
  • Salons, hairdressers and barbers
  • Hotels, resorts, cabins and campsites
    • Does not include settings or events covered by the PHO order, for example, a licensed hotel restaurant, wedding reception or conference
    • Does not include exercise/fitness facilities for guests
  • Swimming pools and skating rinks
    • Does not include events or adult sports hosted in these venues
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Retail and clothing stores
  • Public libraries, museums and art galleries
    • Does not include events hosted in these venues
  • Food banks and shelters
  • Escape rooms, laser tag, indoor paintball and arcades
    • Only if they are unlicensed or don’t offer food-related table service
  • Post-secondary on-campus cafeterias
  • Airport food courts and restaurants
  • Health care services, rehabilitation or exercise therapy programs, and drug and alcohol support group meetings
  • Social services provided to people in need
  • Events like:
    • Worship services
    • Indoor youth recreational sport for people 21 years old or younger
    • Before and after school programs for K to 12 students
    • Student events and activities in K to 12 public and independent schools
    • Indoor organized events with less than 50 people, except adult sports

Register to get vaccinated today.


Privacy and Your Vaccine Card

Every BC Vaccine Card Has a Unique QR Code

Your QR code is not connected to other health records. B.C. uses the SMART Health Card QR code format, a requirement of the federal government.

Do not share your QR code on social media. This is a personal document.

Every Card Has a Unique QR Code

Each QR code contains:

  • Full name pulled from your B.C. driver’s licence or BC Services Card
  • Date of birth
  • Dates of vaccination
  • Type of vaccine and dose lot numbers
  • Clinic location of each dose

Privacy with Businesses

In BC, businesses that scan your QR code are required to use the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app. The app only displays:

  • Your name
  • If you are partially or fully vaccinated

Businesses aren’t allowed to keep a copy of this information without your consent.

  

Checking ID

Events, businesses and services will ask to see your BC Vaccine Card and a piece of valid government photo ID. For example:

  • BC driver’s licence or BC Services Card
    • ​You can use your interim driver’s licence, usually printed on yellow paper
  • Passport
  • Photo ID issued by another province or territory

If the name on your B.C. driver’s licence or BC Services Card does not reflect your current name, you should update your ID. For example, your current name may be different if you’ve recently been married, divorced or legally changed your name.


Families and Caregivers

You can share copies of your vaccine card with your family and loved ones. We recommend emailing copies to family members or printing multiple copies.

Parents should carry a copy of their child’s vaccine card with them. You are allowed to have multiple copies.


Students and Youth

Post Secondary Students

Proof of vaccination is also required for some on-campus housing.

Out-Of-Province Students

You can use your provincial/territorial or international proof of vaccination. If you want, you can get a BC Vaccine Card. There are 2 steps to get a card:

  • Get a B.C. Personal Health Number (PHN). Call 1-833-838-2323 and one will be created for you
  • Upload your out-of-province proof of vaccination to our online form

Youth Aged 12 to 18

Youth aged 12 to 18 can carry their own BC Vaccine Card, or have a trusted adult carry it for them.

Youth are not required to show valid government photo ID.


Canadian Armed Forces

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces don’t need to get a BC Vaccine Card.

You can use your National Defence Canada COVID-19 vaccine record or card and your National Defence ID card.

Visiting US Armed Forces can use their US Military proof of vaccination and US Military ID card.


People Who Don’t Have BC ID

People who don’t have a BC ID are also required to show proof of vaccination. You might not have B.C. identification if:

  • You’re visiting from another place
  • You just moved here

Canadian Visitors

People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:

  • Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
  • Valid government ID from the same province or territory

International Visitors

International visitors must show:

  • Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada
  • Passport


Register to Get Vaccinated

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you may find it difficult to access some events, services and businesses.

If you wish to be vaccinated, you may visit a drop-in clinic or book a vaccination appointment.

Go to a Drop-In Clinic

Drop-in vaccine clinics are in communities around BC. You don’t need to register online or by phone before you arrive.

Find a drop-in clinic.

Make an Appointment

If it works better for your schedule, you can make an appointment. However, you must be registered with the Get Vaccinated system.

Register to get vaccinated.