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Proof of Vaccination and BC Vaccine Card

Last update: September 8, 2021

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Everything you need to know for September 13

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Get the British Columbia Immunization Card

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

Step 1: Connect securely

To log in securely, you must provide your:

  • Date of Birth
  • Personal Health Insurance Number (PHN)
  • Date you received Dose 1 or Dose 2

If you already have a Health Gateway account, sign in with your BC Services Card application.

Get my British Columbia vaccination card

Step 2: Save or print

After logging in securely, you have 2 options:

  • Save a digital copy to your phone or tablet. We recommend that you take a screenshot and then save it to your photo album or downloads folder
  • Take a screenshot then print it

You can save or print a card for yourself or for someone else, such as a youth or a parent.

Step 3: Present your card

Have your card handy when entering a business.

They will examine your vaccination card and also verify your government ID card.

Take advantage of events, businesses and services in British Columbia

Feel safe knowing that everyone around you is vaccinated.

Ask a friend or family member for help

If you don’t have access to a smartphone, computer, and printer, ask a friend or family member to help you print your map from the website.

Print a copy at a Service BC office

You can print a copy of your card at any Service BC office.

Office hours vary by location. Check before you go:

To note: If you need a printed copy for a child, you should bring it with you to the office.

Places where your vaccination card is required for entry

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination is required to access certain events, services and businesses. As of September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully immunized. The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022 and could be extended.

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

  • Indoor sporting events
  • Indoor concerts, theater, dance and symphonic events
  • Licensed restaurants and restaurants offering table service (dining inside and on the terrace)
  • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor dining room and terrace)
  • Nightclubs, casinos and cinemas
  • Gyms, exercise facilities / studios, swimming pools and leisure facilities

To note: Proof of vaccination is not required to vote in person in the September 20 federal election or at advance polls.

Examples of places that do not require proof of vaccination

You do not have to show proof of vaccination in places like:

  • Grocery stores, liquor stores and pharmacies
  • Licensed restaurants that do not offer table service, such as fast food restaurants, cafes, and take out
  • Salons, hairdressers, barbers
  • Hotels, resorts, cabins and campsites
    • Unless it is a setting or an event covered by the PHO order. For example, an accredited hotel restaurant, fitness center, wedding reception or conference
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Retail and clothing stores
  • Food banks and shelters
  • Escape game, laser tag, indoor paint ball, arcades and bowling alleys (if they are not licensed or do not offer table service)
  • Post-secondary cafeterias on campus

You do not have to show proof of vaccination at events such as:

  • Worship services
  • Indoor recreational sport for youth 19 and under
  • Before and After School Programs for Kindergarten to Grade 12 Students
  • Student events and activities in public and independent schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12
  • Events organized in halls of less than 50 people, excluding sports for adults

Key dates of vaccination

September 13: Partially vaccinated

Before September 13, you must be partially vaccinated to access certain events, services and businesses.

You are partially vaccinated with 1 dose.

October 24: Fully vaccinated

Before October 24, you must be fully vaccinated to access certain events, services and businesses.

You are fully vaccinated with 2 doses.

I am not yet vaccinated

You will not be able to access certain events, services and businesses.

Confidentiality and your vaccination card

Each BC Vaccine Card has a unique QR code

Each BC Vaccine Card comes with a unique QR code. British Columbia uses the SMART Health Card QR code format, a federal government requirement. This means that 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 networks. This is a personal document.

Partially vaccinated

Fully vaccinated

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Identity verification

Events, businesses and services will ask to see your BC Vaccine Card and an official photo ID, for example:

  • British Columbia Driver’s License or British Columbia Service Map
  • Passport
  • Photo ID issued by another province or territory

Vaccine card transition period until September 26

To give everyone time to get their BC Vaccine Card, until September 26 inclusive, you can present other forms of proof of vaccination:

Families and caregivers

You can share copies of your immunization card with your family and loved ones. We recommend that you email copies to family members or print multiple copies.

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

Students and young people

Post-secondary students

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

Out of province students

You can use your provincial / territorial or international proof of vaccination.

We recommend that you get a BC Vaccine Card. To obtain a card, you must have your vaccination record added to the provincial system. Submit your information upon arrival in British Columbia

Young people from 12 to 18 years old

Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 can have their own BC Vaccine Card or have a trusted adult carry it for them.

Young people are not required to present official photo ID.

Canadian armed forces

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces do not need to obtain a British Columbia vaccination card.

You can use your National Defense Canada COVID-19 vaccination record or card and your National Defense ID card.

People who do not have a BC ID

People who do not have a BC ID are also required to show proof of vaccination. You might not have a BC ID if:

  • You come from another place
  • You just moved here

Persons from other provinces or territories

Persons from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:

  • Provincial / territorial officially recognized vaccination record
  • Official ID with photo

International visitors

International visitors must present:

  • Proof of vaccination used to enter Canada (such as ArriveCAN)
  • Passport

I need help

If you think your vaccination record is wrong, you will need to update it.

Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PDT, translators are available

I have received one or two doses in another province or country

If you have received one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in another province or country, you must:

Update my vaccination record

To note: Processing takes about 4-7 days.

If you can’t find or remember your PHN, the call center team can search it for you.

Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PDT, translators are available

If you have not yet been vaccinated, you will have difficulty accessing certain events, services and businesses.

Appointment in a walk-in clinic

Walk-in vaccination clinics are in communities around British Columbia

You do not need to register online or by phone prior to your arrival.

Find a walk-in clinic

Make an appointment

If it suits your schedule better, you can make an appointment.

You must be registered for the Get vaccinated system.

Register and make an appointment

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