BC Proof of Vaccination Requirements

Last updated: September 7, 2021

On Monday, August 23, 2021, a new order was announced by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) requiring individuals to provide proof of vaccination to access a broad range of social, recreational, and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province, beginning Monday, September 13, 2021.

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Proof of Vaccination Requirement

By order of the PHO, proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.

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

  • Indoor ticketed concerts, theatre, dance, symphony and sporting events
  • Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs and bars
  • Nightclubs and casinos
  • Movie theatres
  • Gyms, pools and recreation facilities
    • Does not include youth recreational sport
  • Indoor high-intensity group exercise
  • Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, parties, conferences, meetings and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities like pottery and art
    • Does not include K to 12 schools and before and after school programs
  • Post-secondary on-campus student housing. Note: Students must be partially vaccinated by September 7

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

Proof of vaccination will not be needed to vote in-person in the September 20 federal election, or in-person at advance polling place.

The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022, subject to extension.

Register to get vaccinated today.


Vaccination Key Dates

September 13: Partially Vaccinated

By September 13, you must be partially vaccinated.

You are considered partially vaccinated with one dose.

October 24: Fully Vaccinated

By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.

You are considered fully vaccinated seven days after your second dose.


BC’s Vaccine Card

The BC Vaccine Card will allow people to conveniently and securely show their proof of vaccination using a digital or paper version. The BC Vaccine card 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. A secure paper option will also be available for September 13.

There will be a transition period up to and including September 26, 2021, for vaccinated people to obtain their BC Vaccine Card. During this time, the paper record provided at vaccine clinics will be an acceptable form of proof.

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

Get Ready for September 13

  • Confirm your immunization records are correct
    • To view and confirm your immunization records, register for Health Gateway
    • If you believe your immunization record is wrong, you’ll need to get it updated:
      • Call: 1-833-838-2323 (available seven days a week from 7AM – 7PM with translators available)
    • If you got one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in another province or country, you must:
  • Have your personal health number ready


Privacy and Your Vaccine Card

Every BC Vaccine Card Has a Unique QR Code

Every BC Vaccine Card comes with a unique QR code. B.C. is using the SMART Health Card QR code format, a requirement of the federal government. This means the QR code only stores the absolute minimum level of information and is not connected to other health records.

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

  

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
  • Passport
  • Photo ID issued by another province or territory

Vaccine Card Transition Period to September 26

To give everyone time to get their BC Vaccine Card, up to and including September 26, you can show other forms of proof of vaccination:


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.

We recommend you get a BC Vaccine Card. To get a card, you have to get your immunization record added to the provincial system. Submit your information as soon as you arrive in BC.

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 Outside of BC

People visiting from outside of B.C. are also required to show proof of vaccination.

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


If You Haven’t Been Vaccinated Yet

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.