Starting September 13, proof of vaccination will be required to access certain higher risk social and recreational events and businesses to help protect people from COVID-19.
What Kind of Businesses will be requiring the BC Vaccine Card?
Businesses and environments which present a higher risk of transmission, and that offer non essential services will require the BC Vaccine Card. Some examples are below and a full list can be found here: Proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)
How can I receive by BC Vaccine Card?
If you are vaccinated* there are multiple ways you can register for your card including:
- Register for your card online:
- Go to gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard, enter your PHN, date-of-birth and date of your first or second dose.
- View, save a copy to your phone, or print your vaccine card – similar to a boarding pass for a flight.
- Visit a Service BC centre or:
- Call the contact centre at 1-833-838-2323 to have one mailed to you.
- People who have signed up for Health Gateway will be able to access their vaccine card there as well.
*if you need more information on how to get vaccinated visit: COVID-19 Immunizations – Doug RoutleyDoug Routley
I don’t have access to a computer, how can I get my card?
You can use either a digital or printed copy of your BC Vaccine Card. If you can’t access your card online, there are lots of ways to get a printed card:
- Ask someone you trust to print your card for you
- Use a printer at your local library
- Go to a Service BC office
- Call the call centre at 1-833-838-2323 and get a printed copy mailed to you.
When is this being implemented?
On September 13, people will be required to provide proof of being partially or fully vaccinated – at least one dose — in order to visit indoor social settings like restaurants, bars, fitness classes and theatres.
By October 24, people must be fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to enter these settings.
The use of the BC Vaccine Cards will be phased in to allow people time to transition to their new cards. From Sept. 13, 2021 to Sept. 26, people will also be able to use the vaccination cards they got at B.C. vaccine clinics or pharmacies as valid proof of vaccination.
How does the BC Vaccine Card work when I go to a business?
It’s simple – like showing a boarding pass for a flight or a ticket at an event:
- Have your card ready when entering a business or event (on your phone or printed copy).
- The business rep will look at your vaccine card and will also check your ID.
There are two options for the business to check:
- Visual confirmation– the business or event looks at your Vaccine Card to confirm name and proof of vaccination, OR
- QR Code – the business scans the QR code included in your Vaccine Card on the person’s phone or paper BC Vaccine Card to confirm proof of vaccination.
Will a piece of government issued ID be required to ensure a person is who they say they are?
Yes, people 19+ will need to present their proof of vaccination and a piece of government issued photo identification to enter these settings while the PHO Orders are in place. For people aged 12-18, proof of vaccination will suffice.
My immunization record is wrong or I was vaccinated outside of BC. What should I do?
You need to update your immunization record if you got dose one or two in another province or country or if you believe your immunization date is wrong or missing which can be done here: https://www.immunizationrecord.gov.bc.ca/
Students and new and returning BC residents vaccinated outside of BC must use this service to submit their vaccine records to obtain a BC Vaccine Card.
Submitting your information takes less than 5 minutes and every effort will be made to add your vaccine record as within 4-7 days.
What proof of immunization will be required for people from out of province?
This requirement applies to everyone 12+ in these settings, regardless of where you are from. If you have proof of vaccination from another province, you can use it in place of a B.C. Vaccine Card. Local businesses will be able to download an easy-to-use reference visual checklist of documents used in other jurisdictions. gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard-businesses
People visiting from outside of Canada can use their ArriveCan proof of vaccination.
People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:
- Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
- Valid government ID
International visitors must show:
- Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada (ArriveCan)
Will this app allow businesses to access my private health data?
No. The BC Vaccine Card Verifier app does not save any information. All the business will see is your name, and whether you are fully or partially vaccinated for COVID-19 or have no record available.
Do you need to be vaccinated to vote in the upcoming federal election?
No. Elections Canada is not requiring vaccination to vote in person. The B.C. proof of vaccination only applies to certain designated discretionary businesses, services and activities – and does not apply to essential services like voting.
Who in the business community did you consult with on the decision-making process?
We’ve heard from many industries and businesses that they support the vaccine card or proof of vaccination and prior to launching the BC Vaccine Card, we engaged with a variety of businesses to hear how we could make these new measures work well for them.
We know that province-wide lockdowns are hard on businesses, people and communities. The BC Vaccine Card will go a long way to make sure businesses can stay open and continue to serve their customers with a much lower risk of potential transmission.
How will you enforce businesses’ compliance with the order?
We’ve worked with businesses throughout the pandemic, and we expect they will comply. The objective of the BC Vaccine Card is to increase vaccination coverage and make settings safer, however should enforcement be needed, tickets can be issued for violations of the PHO order.
Depending on the violation, the fine amount for individuals is $230 or $575, and $2300 for event organizers or owners/operators of locations.
Enforcement is at the discretion of enforcement officers, including police, liquor and cannabis inspectors, gambling investigators and conservation officers.
What help is being provided to support businesses navigating these new rules?
A package of materials is being shared with business associations with to distributed to their members. The package will include FAQs, posters, and visual guides.
This information will also be posted on the government website for businesses to download Proof of vaccination information for businesses – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)
We will continue to work closely with our partners, stakeholders and the business community to keep people informed with the latest information.
Are guests who are simply coming into the restaurant to pick up takeout orders required to present the BC Vaccination Card?
Don’t you think it is unfair to force people to be vaccinated?
We have always said that getting vaccinated is a choice- and that has not changed. By choosing to get vaccinated, you are taking a step to protect yourself and the community- and you can now participate in these higher risk activities because of that protection.
We recognize that means some people will not be able to participate in these higher risk indoor settings but will have to use remote options like take out food from a restaurant or watching a game or concert on TV, exercising outside or doing a yoga class online, or taking in a movie on Netflix. These are things we have all been doing to manage through this pandemic and there are many options for people who choose not to be vaccinated to continue these activities in a less risky setting.
It is important to remember that this is not forever. This is a temporary measure that is being taken because it makes sense from a public health standpoint in the midst of a fourth COVID-19 wave. This measure ensures better protection for everyone, it ensures less risk of transmission in high risk environments and helps protect businesses and industries from outbreaks and shut downs.