BC Vaccine Card & Proof of Vaccination

Comments 10 by Rebecca Bollwitt

A BC Vaccine Card is coming. By order of the Provincial Health Officer (“PHO”), proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.

BC Vaccine Card & Proof of Vaccination

Proof of Vaccination in BC

The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and covers:

  • Indoor ticketed concerts, theatre, dance, symphony and sporting events
  • Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs and bars
  • Nightclubs and casinos 
  • Movie theatres 
  • Gyms, pools and recreation facilities 
    • Does not include youth recreational sport
  • Indoor high intensity group exercise 
  • Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, parties, conferences, meetings and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities like pottery and art
    • Does not include K to 12 school and before and after school programs
  • Post-secondary on-campus student housing

Events, businesses and services will ask to see your Proof of vaccination and valid government ID.

The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022, subject to extension.

You’ll be able to show your proof of vaccination easily using the BC vaccine card website. 

Vaccination Key Dates

September 13: Partially vaccinated: By September 13, you must be partially vaccinated. You’re partially vaccinated with 1 dose. 

October 24: Fully vaccinated: By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated. You’re fully vaccinated 7 days after dose 2. 

The secure website will be available for September 13, 2021 and will provide confidential access to your proof of vaccination.

You’ll be able to save your vaccine card to your smartphone and show it when accessing events, services and businesses. A secure paper option will also be available for September 13.  

To access your BC vaccine card, you’ll need to provide:

  • Name
  • Date of birth 
  • Personal Health Number (PHN)

Read the full details of this announcement online here.

vaccine website

How to Get Your Vaccine Card

(Update Sept 7, 2021)

This morning the government soft-launched the vaccine card website. Due to a high volume of traffic the website is experiencing delays so I would recommend you try any time in the next couple of days, early morning or late night.

Here’s how to get your card:

  • Go to this website and click on Get my BC Vaccine Card
    • You’ll need your Personal Health Number, Date of Birth, and a date of one of your two vaccine doses.
    • Your QR code will appear and you can take a screenshot on your phone or computer to save the code. You can keep it on your device or print it out after that.
  • You can also call 1-833-838-2323 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm and they will mail you a paper copy.

You can still show your vaccination card (the one handed to you when you got your doses) until September 27th as proof of vaccination. After that you will need to have this vaccine card (code) to enter some non-essential establishments.

10 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Peter EdgellMonday, August 23rd, 2021 — 2:01pm PDT

    We will be travelling between Sept 12th and 17th. Will our Immunization Record Cards be sufficient to obtain service in restaurants

  2. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittMonday, August 23rd, 2021 — 2:05pm PDT

    Hi Peter, are you from BC/travelling within BC? Here’s more info: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof#required

  3. Richard HuberMonday, August 23rd, 2021 — 2:43pm PDT

    I do not have a smart phone or a printer. How can I receive a paper copy of the vaccine card?

  4. Claudia AndrewsMonday, August 23rd, 2021 — 2:43pm PDT

    I am full vaccinated with Phfizer and a Senior. I do not have a smart phone. Will I be able to get a card or something or do I use my original vaccination? Thanks for any info!

  5. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittMonday, August 23rd, 2021 — 2:47pm PDT

    Hi Claudia, I’m not sure about that but details about a “secure paper option” will be available September 13th. Maybe they’ll have places you can print or pick it up. Do you have a friend, family member, community centre nearby who could print for you?

  6. Peter EdgellTuesday, August 24th, 2021 — 2:08pm PDT

    this reply did not help. If we are travelling over Sept 13th and have not received B.C. Vaccine Card will Immunization Record Card be sufficient to get into restaurants

  7. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittTuesday, August 24th, 2021 — 2:19pm PDT

    Hi Peter, while I do try to post the most valuable and relevant information for my readers, at the end of the day this is just a blog. Please refer to the BC Government website for official information about these measures: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof

  8. Linda PaulSaturday, September 4th, 2021 — 12:16am PDT

    Is the proof of vaccination and the vaccine passport the same thing. The news keeps talking about getting the passport but never say where to go to apply for this.

  9. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittSaturday, September 4th, 2021 — 12:31pm PDT

    I believe it’s setup through a specific website that will be available starting September 13th.

  10. Barbara MaxwellWednesday, September 8th, 2021 — 8:29am PDT

    I am 87 years old. I do not have a smartphone. I have a computer(Windows 10) and a printer. I waited online for one hour last evening to get to fill out the form for a vaccination card, only to find out I was not allowed to print out my vaccination card without a smartphone. Why not?
    This morning a 7:30 AM I called and waited 25 minutes and spoke with a girl who said she would patch me in for someone to mail me out a card. That patch resulted in being redirected back to the computer govbc.ca. I phoned again 1 833 838 2323 only to be told to hang up and try later. THIS IS ALL VERY UNSATISFACTORY.

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