Proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card
Travelling soon? Get your federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination.
The BC Vaccine Card is required to access some events, services and businesses in B.C. Get your card today.
Last updated: November 25, 2021
Everything you need to know
Step 1: Log in securely
To log in securely, you need to provide your:
- Date of birth
- Personal Health Number (PHN)
- Date you got dose 1 or dose 2
If you already have a Health Gateway account, log in with your BC Services Card App.
Step 2: Save or print
After you've securely logged in, you have 3 options:
Step 3: Show your card
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.
Save a copy
When you access your BC Vaccine Card through the website, a Save a Copy button appears under the QR code.
- On most desktop computers, click this button to automatically save your QR code in your Downloads folder
- On iPhone or iPad, tap this button to automatically download the card to the device under Files
- On most Android devices or Google Chrome on iOS, tap this button to open the QR code
- Tap and hold the QR code to save the image on your device
Print your vaccine card
To print a paper copy, select File > Print in your web browser, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P (Windows) or Command + P (Mac).
When you print your vaccine card:
- Print the QR code large enough to be scanned
- Don't fold or crease the QR code
You can test the scan at home using the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app.
Take a screenshot
If the Save a Copy function doesn't work on your browser or device, you can take a screenshot of your vaccine card and QR code instead.
On a computer
- Windows: press Ctrl + Prt Scrn
- MacOS: press Shift + Command + 3
Screenshots will normally be saved to either your desktop or your Pictures folder.
On an iPhone or iPad
- If your device has a home button, press the home button and the lock button at the same time
- If your device doesn't have a home button, press volume up and the lock button at the same time
On an Android device
- On most Android devices, press volume down and the lock button at the same time
- On some devices, holding down the power button for a few seconds will show a 'Take screenshot' option on the screen
Screenshot commands may vary based on your device, operating system and settings. If you still need help, check the device manual or contact the manufacturer.
Ask a friend or family member for help, or visit a library
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.
Order a copy by phone
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
Outside Canada and the USA: 1-604-681-4261
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.
Print a copy at a Service BC office
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.
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.
This content is a summary of the PHO order – Food and Liquor Serving Premises (PDF, 402KB) and PHO order – Gatherings and Events (PDF, 483KB) 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 full vaccination is required to access some events, services and businesses. 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:
- Indoor organized events with more than 50 people
- For example, weddings, funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home), organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops
- Indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events with more than 50 people
- 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
- Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
- Nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
- Post-secondary student housing
- Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities with more than 50 people
- For example, pottery studios, art classes or choir rehearsals
- Indoor ticketed sporting events with more than 50 people
- 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 sports and group activities for people 21 years or younger
- Indoor skating rinks
- Gyms, exercise and dance facilities or studios
- Includes these activities happening in recreation facilities
Examples of places that don't require proof of vaccination
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
- 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
- Swimming pools and activities at pools
- 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
- Indoor organized events with less than 50 people, except adult sports
- Parenting and breastfeeding programs
Your QR code is not connected to other health records. B.C. uses the SMART Health Card QR code format, a requirement of the federal government.
Don't share your QR code on social media. This is a personal document.
Every card has a unique QR code
Each QR code contains:
- Full name pulled from your B.C. 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
Privacy with businesses
In B.C., 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.
What your vaccine card shows
- One dose of vaccine
- Doesn't meet the proof requirement
- Two doses of vaccine
- Your booster dose won't affect your card
No record found
- We don't have a record of your vaccination
- Get help to update your record
Events, businesses and services will ask to see your BC Vaccine Card and a piece of valid government photo ID, for example:
- B.C. driver's licence or BC Services Card
- You can use your interim driver's licence, usually printed on yellow paper
- Photo ID issued by another province or territory
If your name is wrong on your BC Vaccine Card
If you have legally changed your name, but your vaccine card still shows your old name, you should:
- Try re-downloading your vaccine card from Health Gateway
If your name is wrong on your driver's licence or BC Services Card
If the name on your B.C. 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.
Learn more about what you can do if you're not able to update your ID.
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.
- Get a B.C. 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 are not required to show proof of vaccination.
Members of the Canadian and US Armed Forces don't need to get a BC Vaccine Card.
Canadian Armed Forces can use their National Defence Canada COVID-19 vaccine record or card and 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 a B.C. ID are also required to show proof of vaccination. You might not have B.C. identification if:
- You're visiting from another place
- You just moved here
People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:
- Provincial/territorial vaccine record or federal proof of vaccination
- Valid government photo ID
If you got one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in another province or country, you must:
- Register with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system
- Submit proof of an official immunization record. It will be entered into the Provincial Immunization Registry
Note: It takes about 10 to 14 days to process.
If you haven't been vaccinated yet, you will find it difficult to access some events, services and businesses.
Make an appointment
You must be registered with the Get Vaccinated system.
If the name, gender or appearance on your ID doesn't match your current name, you should update your ID.
If you can't update your ID, you can:
- Ask your primary care provider for a 'carry letter' to help explain why the photo, gender or name does not align with your appearance
- Prepare a short explanation that you feel comfortable providing if you are asked