BC Proof of Vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card

Last updated: January 25, 2022


January 25 Update:

As outlined in the January 25 regular COVID-19 media availability, the BC Vaccine Card will remain in effect until June 30, 2022.

The vaccine card will be reviewed regularly and stopped sooner if the situation changes.

Sport tournaments for children and youth will resume effective February 1, 2022. The prohibition on adult tournaments will continue to be in effect.

Both amendments will be reflected in the Public Health Order covering Gatherings and Events.


Proof of vaccination is required for some travel and to access some events, services and businesses in BC.

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Visit our BC Proof of Vaccination Information for Businesses page for business-specific details.


The Difference Between Federal and Provincial Proof of Vaccination

You can get both federal and provincial proof of vaccination. Each type is used for different reasons.

Note: You are considered fully vaccinated with 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Your booster dose does not affect your proof of vaccination.

To Access Events, Businesses, and Services

In BC, the BC Vaccine Card is the easiest way to show proof of vaccination to access events, services and businesses.

Across Canada, use your federal proof of vaccination to access events, businesses and services.

To Travel

Use federal proof of vaccination to travel inside or outside of Canada. Find out how to travel safely with proof of vaccination.


Get Your BC Vaccine Card and Federal Proof of Vaccination

Follow these steps to get your proof of vaccination online using Health Gateway.

Proof of vaccination is free to get. If someone is asking you to pay for these documents, it’s a scam.

Step 1: Log In Securely

  • Enter your information:
    • Date of birth
    • Personal Health Number (PHN)
    • The date you got dose 1 or dose 2

You can also log in with your BC Services Card.

Step 2: Save or Print a Copy

  • Click the Save as button
  • Select Image (BC proof) or PDF (federal proof)
  • Save a copy, take a screenshot or print a paper copy

Note: If you’re travelling, keep a paper copy of your federal proof of vaccination as a backup.

Step 3: Show Your Proof of Vaccination

Have your proof of vaccination and government ID ready when entering a place that requires proof or when travelling.

Feel safe knowing that everyone around you is vaccinated.

Get your proof of vaccination.


 

What Proof of Vaccination Looks Like

The BC Vaccine Card and federal proof of vaccination has a QR code that contains your COVID-19 vaccination history.

BC Vaccine Card — Digital Card

BC Vaccine Card — Paper

Federal Proof of Vaccination


Places Proof of Vaccination is Required for Entry

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of full vaccination is required to access some events, services and businesses in BC.

Places Proof of Vaccination is Required for Entry

The requirement is in place until June 30, 2022. It applies to all people born in 2010 or earlier (12+) and covers:

  • Indoor organized events
    • For example, weddings, funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home), organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops
  • Indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events
  • 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
    • Table service means providing any service to a customer at their seat, or from anywhere but behind a counter
  • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
  • Nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
  • Post-secondary student housing
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities
    • For example, pottery studios, art classes or choir rehearsals
  • Swimming pools and activities at pools. Pools at hotels and apartments are exempt
  • Indoor ticketed sporting events
  • Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older
  • Spectators at indoor youth sporting events
  • Non-employee supervisors, coaches and assistants of indoor sports and group activities for people 21 years or younger
  • Indoor skating rinks
  • Businesses offering indoor exercise/fitness
  • Gyms, exercise and dance facilities or studios
    • Includes these activities happening in recreation facilities

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
    • Table service means providing any service to a customer at their seat, or from anywhere but behind a counter
  • 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
  • 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 paint ball 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:
    • 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
    • Parenting and breastfeeding programs


Privacy and Your Proof of Vaccination

Every BC Vaccine Card Has a Unique QR Code

The BC Vaccine Card and the federal proof of vaccination use the same database records in Health Gateway.

Every Card Has a Unique QR Code

Your QR code is not connected to other health records.

BC uses the SMART Health Card QR code format, a requirement of the federal government. Each QR code contains:

  • Full name pulled from your BC 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

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

Personal Information and the BC Vaccine Card

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.

  

Personal Information on Your Federal Proof of Vaccination

Businesses or travel agents will scan or manually review your federal proof of vaccination. It displays:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • The dates you were vaccinated
  • The type of vaccine you received

Learn more about the federal proof of vaccination.

Checking ID

Events, businesses, services or travel agents will ask to see your proof of vaccination 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

The name on your ID must match the name on your proof of vaccination.

If the name on your BC 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 BC 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.

Children Aged 5 to 11

Children aged 5 to 11 are not required to show proof of vaccination.


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 BC identification if:

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

Canadian Visitors

People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:

  • Provincial/territorial vaccine record or federal proof of vaccination
  • 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.