Proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card – Province of British Columbia – BC Gov News

Get your BC Vaccine Card | Make a vaccine appointment or visit a drop-in clinic

You now need proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses. The easiest way to show proof is using the BC Vaccine Card. Get your card today. 
Last updated: September 17, 2021
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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. 
To log in securely, you need to provide your:
If you already have a Health Gateway account, log in with your BC Services Card App. 
Get my BC Vaccine Card
After you've securely logged in, you have 2 options:
You can save the digital version on your device or print a paper copy for yourself or someone else, like a youth or parent.
If you print a paper copy, make sure to print at a large enough size for the QR code to be successfully scanned. Do not fold or crease the QR code portion of the card. You can test the scan at home by downloading the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app.
Have your card ready when entering a business.
They'll look at your vaccine card and also check your government ID. 
Enjoy events, businesses and services in B.C.
Feel safe knowing that everyone around you is vaccinated. 
I need help saving my digital copy or printing a paper copy
When you access your BC vaccine card through the website, a Save a Copy button appears under the QR code.
Depending on your browser or device settings, you may need to manually save the vaccine card for future use.
If the Save a Copy function doesn't work on your browser or device, you can take a screenshot of the vaccine card and QR code instead.
Screenshot commands may vary based on your manufacturer, settings and operating system. Consult the user guide or contact your device's support line if you encounter trouble.
If you want to print a paper copy, select File > Print in your web browser, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P (Windows) or Command + P (Mac). A print dialog screen will allow you to adjust paper size and orientation.
You can still use other forms of proof of vaccination until September 26.
I don't have access to a smartphone, computer and printer
If you don't have access to a smartphone, computer and printer, ask a friend or family member to help you print your card from the website.
You can also print the card at your local library.
You can order a paper copy by phone.
Note: You can't request a paper copy for someone else.
Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Translators are available
Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT)
Statutory holidays, 9 am to 5 pm (PDT)
Telephone for the Deaf: Dial 711
Video Relay Services (VRS) provides sign language interpretation free for registered deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired people.
You can print a copy of your card at most Service BC offices. Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey locations don't offer printed copies​.
Office hours vary by location. Check before you go:
Note: If you need a printed copy for a child, you must bring them with you to the office. 
This content is a summary of the PHO order — Food and Liquor Serving Premises (PDF, 402KB) and PHO order — Gatherings and Events (PDF, 417KB) documents. It is not legal advice and does not provide an interpretation of the law. In the event of any conflict or difference between this webpage and the order, the order is correct and legal and must be followed. 
By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination is required to access some events, services and businesses. You must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated. The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022 and could be extended. 
The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and covers:
Note: Proof of vaccination is not required to vote in-person in the September 20 federal election. 
You don't have to show proof of vaccination at places like:
 You don't have to show proof of vaccination at events like:
You must now be partially vaccinated to access some events, services and businesses.
You're partially vaccinated with 1 dose. 
By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated to access some events, services and businesses.
You're fully vaccinated with 2 doses. 
You won't be able to access some events, services and businesses.
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.
The QR code contains your:
The information in your QR code will be required as borders around the world reopen to fully vaccinated travellers. Having it in your QR code ensures the long-term validity of your BC Vaccine Card.
In B.C., businesses are required to use the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app to scan the QR code. This app can only read:
Businesses are not allowed to keep a copy of any proof without your consent.
Don't share your QR code on social media. This is a personal document. Keeping your BC Vaccine Card secure is key to keeping your information under your control.

Events, businesses and services will ask to see your BC Vaccine Card and a piece of valid government photo ID, for example:
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:
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. 
Proof of vaccination is also required for some on-campus housing.
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 B.C.
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.
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. 
People who don't have a B.C. ID are also required to show proof of vaccination. You might not have B.C. identification if:
People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:
International visitors must show:
My immunization record is wrong
If you believe your immunization record is wrong, you'll need to get it updated. 
Update my immunization record
Note: It takes about 4 to 7 days to process.
I got dose one or two in another province or country
If you got one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in another province or country, you must:
Update my immunization record
Note: It takes about 4 to 7 days to process.
I've lost or forgotten my PHN
If you can't find or remember your PHN, the call-centre team can look it up for you. 
Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT), translators are available
I haven't been vaccinated yet
If you haven't been vaccinated yet, you will find it difficult to access some events, services and businesses.
Drop-in vaccine clinics are in communities around B.C.
You don't need to register online or phone before you arrive. 
Find a drop-in clinic
If it works better for your schedule, you can make an appointment. 
You must be registered with the Get Vaccinated system. 
Register and get an appointment


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