Proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card
Starting September 27, you can only use your BC Vaccine Card for entry to some events, services and businesses. Get the BC Vaccine Card.
Proof of vaccination is required 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 23, 2021
Everything you need to know
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.
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.
You can still use other forms of proof of vaccination until September 26.
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
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.
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:
- Indoor ticketed sporting events with more than 50 people
- 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
- Gyms, exercise and dance facilities or studios
- Includes these activities happening in recreation facilities
- Businesses offering indoor exercise/fitness
- Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older
- Indoor organized events with more than 50 people
- For example, wedding and funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home), organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops
- Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities with more than 50 people
- For example, pottery studios, art classes or choir rehearsals
- Post-secondary student housing
- Spectators at indoor youth sporting events with more than 50 people
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 skating rinks
- Does not include events or adult sports hosted in these venues
- Banks and credit unions
- Retail and clothing stores
- Public libraries, museums and art galleries
- Does not include events hosted in these venues
- Does not include events hosted in these venues
- Food banks and shelters
- Escape rooms, laser tag, indoor paint ball, arcades and bowling alleys
- 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:
- Worship services
- 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
Starting September 27, you can only use your BC Vaccine Card for entry to some events, services and businesses.
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:
- Wallet-sized immunization record card (given out at vaccine clinics)
- Printed immunization record from Health Gateway
- Immunization record from your pharmacy (AstraZeneca/SII COVISHIELD)
- National Defence Canada COVID-19 vaccine record or card
- Provincial Immunization Registry record (used by Interior Health and others)
- ImmunizeBC record (used by First Nations Health Authority and others)
- Health authority immunization records:
September 13: Partially vaccinated
You must be partially vaccinated to access some events, services and businesses.
You're partially vaccinated with 1 dose.
October 24: Fully vaccinated
By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated to access some events, services and businesses.
You're fully vaccinated with 2 doses.
I'm not vaccinated yet
You won't be able to access some events, services and businesses.
Your QR code is not connected to other health records. B.C. is using 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
Soon, this information will be required for cross-border travel.
Privacy with businesses
In B.C., businesses are required to use the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app to scan your QR code.
The app can only read:
- Your name
- If you are partially or fully vaccinated
Businesses aren't allowed to keep a copy without your consent.
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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
- Photo ID issued by another province or territory
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.
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.
If you want, you can 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
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:
- You're visiting from another place
- You just moved here
People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:
- Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
- 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 4 to 7 days to process.
If you haven't been vaccinated yet, you will find it difficult to access some events, services and businesses.
Go to a drop-in clinic
Drop-in vaccine clinics are in communities around B.C.
You don't need to register online or phone before you arrive.
Make an appointment
If it works better for your schedule, you can make an appointment.
You must be registered with the Get Vaccinated system.