Proof of vaccination

Proof of vaccination is required for some travel and to access some events, services and businesses in B.C.

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Last updated: January 25, 2022


The difference between federal and provincial proof of vaccination

You can get both federal and provincial proof of vaccination. Each type is used for different reasons.

Note: You are considered fully vaccinated with 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Your booster dose does not affect your proof of vaccination.

To access events, businesses and services

In B.C., the BC Vaccine Card is the easiest way to show proof of vaccination to access events, services and businesses.

Across Canada, use your federal proof of vaccination to access events, businesses and services.

To travel

Use federal proof of vaccination to travel inside or outside of Canada. Find out how to travel safely with proof of vaccination.


Get your BC Vaccine Card and federal proof of vaccination

Follow these steps to get your proof of vaccination online using Health Gateway.

Proof of vaccination is free to get. If someone is asking you to pay for these documents, it's a scam. 

Step 1: Log in securely

Enter your information:

  • Date of birth 
  • Personal Health Number (PHN)
  • The date you got dose 1 or dose 2

You can also log in with your BC Services Card.

Get my proof of vaccination

Step 2: Save or print a copy

Note: If you're travelling, keep a paper copy of your federal proof of vaccination as a back-up.

Step 3: Show your proof of vaccination

Have your proof of vaccination and government ID ready when entering a place that requires proof or when travelling.

Feel safe knowing that everyone around you is vaccinated.

Save a copy on your device

Select the Save as button under the QR code.

  • On most desktop computers, this will automatically save your QR code in your Downloads folder
  • On iPhone or iPad, this will automatically download the card to the device under Files
  • On most Android devices or Google Chrome on iOS, this will open the QR code image. Tap and hold the QR code to save the image on your device

Take a screenshot

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.

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

Select File > Print in your web browser, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P (Windows) or Command + P (Mac).

Remember:

  • Print the QR code large enough to be scanned
  • Don't fold or crease the QR code

You can check your printed copy by using the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app to scan the QR code.

If you don't have access to a smartphone, computer and printer

Ask someone for help, or visit a library.

  • Ask a friend or family member to help you print your proof of vaccination from the website
  • Print the card at your local library

Order a copy by phone. Note: You can't request a paper copy for someone else.

Print a copy at a Service BC office. Note: If you need a printed copy for a child, you must bring them with you to the office. 

 


What proof of vaccination looks like

The BC Vaccine Card and federal proof of vaccination have a QR code that contains your COVID-19 vaccination history.

BC Vaccine Card, digital

BC Vaccine Card on a phone and tablet


BC Vaccine Card, paper

An example of a paper BC Vaccine Card

Federal proof of vaccination


Places proof of vaccination is required for entry

This content is a summary of the PHO order – Food and Liquor Serving Premises (PDF, 481KB) and PHO order – Gatherings and Events (PDF, 550KB) 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 in B.C. The requirement is in place until June 30, 2022. It applies to all people born in 2010 or earlier (12+) and covers:

  • Indoor organized events
    • For example, weddings, funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home), organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops
  • Indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events
  • 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
    • Table service means providing any service to a customer at their seat, or from anywhere but behind a counter
  • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
  • Nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
  • Post-secondary student housing
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities
    • For example, pottery studios, art classes or choir rehearsals
  • Swimming pools and activities at pools. Pools at hotels and apartments are exempt
  • Indoor ticketed sporting events
  • 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 indoor sports and group activities for people 21 years or younger
  • Indoor skating rinks
    Businesses offering indoor exercise/fitness
  • 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
    • Table service means providing any service to a customer at their seat, or from anywhere but behind a counter
  • 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
  • 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
    • Parenting and breastfeeding programs

Privacy and your proof of vaccination

The BC Vaccine Card and the federal proof of vaccination use the same database records in Health Gateway.

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. 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

Don't share your QR code on social media. This is a personal document. 

Personal information and the BC Vaccine Card

In B.C., businesses that scan your BC Vaccine Card 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.

Partially vaccinated

  • One dose of vaccine
  • Doesn't meet the proof requirement

Fully vaccinated

  • Two doses of vaccine
  • Your booster dose won't affect your card

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Personal information on your federal proof of vaccination

Businesses or travel agents will scan or manually review your federal proof of vaccination. It displays:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • The dates you were vaccinated
  • The type of vaccine you received

Learn more about the federal proof of vaccination.

Checking ID

Events, businesses, services or travel agents will ask to see your proof of vaccination 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
  • Passport
  • Photo ID issued by another province or territory

The name on your ID must match the name on your proof of vaccination

  • If you've already legally changed your name and it's not showing on your proof of vaccination, download and print your proof of vaccination again
  • If the name on your B.C. driver's licence or BC Services Card doesn't match your proof of vaccination, update your ID
  • If the name on your passport doesn't match your proof of vaccination, update your passport

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, youth and children

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. If you want, you can get a BC Vaccine Card. There are 2 steps to get a card:

  1. Get a B.C. Personal Health Number (PHN). Call 1-833-838-2323 and one will be created for you
  2. 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

Children aged 5 to 11 are not required to show proof of vaccination.


Canadian and US Armed Forces

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 B.C. ID

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 provinces or territories

People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:

International visitors

International visitors must show:

  • Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada
  • Passport

I need help 

If you believe your immunization record is wrong, you'll need to get it updated. 

Update my immunization record

Note: It takes about 10 to 14 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 10 to 14 days to process.

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

Outside Canada and the USA: 1-604-681-4261

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. 

Register and get an appointment

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 

Review Trans Care BC's guidance for Two-Spirit, transgender and non-binary people.