Proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card

Alonzo Osche

Last updated: September 13, 2021

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Everything you need to know

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Get the BC Vaccine Card

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. 

When you access your BC vaccine card through the website, a Save a Copy button appears under the QR code.

  • On most desktop computers, clicking this button will automatically save an image file in the “downloads” folder on your device.
  • On iOS devices (like an iPhone or iPad), tapping this button will automatically download the card to the device under Files.
  • On most Android devices (and on iOS devices using Google Chrome), tapping this button will navigate the browser to a full image file, which can then be saved through a pop-up menu by tapping and holding the image

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.

  • Saving a screenshot on a desktop computer will depend on your operating system. Most Windows devices support the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Prt Scrn to take a screenshot. On Mac OS you can press Shift + Command + 4 to select an area for capture. The image will be saved to the folder where your operating system is configured to store screenshots
  • When using an iPhone with a home button, you can save a screenshot to the Photos app by pressing the home button and lock button at the same time. If your iPhone does not have a home button, this is done by pressing the volume up and lock button at the same time
  • Most Android devices will capture a screenshot when the volume down and lock button are pressed at the same time. Some may require you to hold the power button for a few seconds instead, which will make “Take Screenshot” appear as an option on the screen

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.

Places your vaccine card is required for entry

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), including liquor tasting rooms in wineries, breweries or distilleries
  • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
  • Nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
  • Gyms, exercise/dance facilities/studios and 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 50 or more 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 like pottery, art and choir
  • Post-secondary student housing
  • Spectators at indoor youth sporting events with more than 50 people

Note: Proof of vaccination is not required to vote in-person in the September 20 federal election or at advance polling places. 

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
    • Unless it is a setting or event covered by the PHO order. For example a licensed hotel restaurant, wedding reception or conference
    • Does not include exercise/fitness facilities in hotels that are for guests
  • Swimming pools (unless it’s the location of an event) and skating rinks (unless being used for adult sport)
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Retail and clothing stores
  • Public libraries, museums, art galleries (unless they are the location of an event)
  • Food banks and shelters
  • Escape rooms, laser tag, indoor paint ball, arcades and bowling alleys (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

 You don’t have to show proof of vaccination at 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

Vaccination key dates

September 13: Partially vaccinated

You must now 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.

Privacy and your vaccine card

Every BC Vaccine Card has a unique QR code

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.

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.

Partially vaccinated

Fully vaccinated

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Checking ID

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
  • Passport
  • Photo ID issued by another province or territory

Vaccine card transition period to September 26

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:

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 and youth

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. 

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

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.

Canadian Armed Forces

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 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

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