As of Monday, September 27, 2021, the BC Vaccine Card will be the only acceptable proof of vaccination for British Columbians to safely enjoy certain businesses and recreational events.
The transition period, which allowed people to present their paper vaccination record received during their vaccination appointment, will end on September 26.
The BC vaccination card requirement is enforced in certain discretionary settings, including most restaurants and indoor events, through orders from provincial health workers. This requirement helps ensure that businesses can stay open and people can feel safe in these settings, while continuing to increase immunizations across the province.
“Over 3.1 million British Columbians have already received their BC Vaccine Card, making it safer for them to attend events and indoor recreation spaces,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The smartest, safest, and smartest decision right now for all eligible people is to get vaccinated. We encourage all British Columbians to get vaccinated and download their BC Vaccine Card today.
People can get their BC Vaccine Card online at gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard and keep a digital copy on their mobile device by taking a screenshot or saving the digital copy in the photo album or downloads folder. device, or they can print a hard copy to present when entering designated businesses and events.
Businesses can download the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app from the Google Play and Apple app stores and use the app to verify customers’ BC Vaccine Card or visually verify the person’s proof of vaccination. A government-issued photo is required for ages 19 and over.
The BC Vaccine Card includes a personalized and secure QR code and an image showing that the holder is either “vaccinated” or “partially vaccinated”. People must now have received at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, and both doses by October 24, to enter these parameters.
“Getting vaccinated is the most important thing we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and our communities from COVID-19,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC provincial health worker. “The BC Vaccine Card helps people attend and support events and businesses with confidence, knowing that others around them are also being vaccinated. This is an important step to help put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. “
To learn more about the immunization card and how to access yours, visit: gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard
Information for businesses, including step-by-step instructions, is available at: gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard-businesses