BC’s COVID-19 vaccine card system goes into effect September 13, and here’s what you need to know about the program.
Proof of vaccination with a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine will now be required to participate in “discretionary” social and recreational events. Proof of a second dose will be required as of October 24.
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When using a BC vaccine card, you can display a QR code that you would receive if you had a smartphone or display a printout.
People under 12 years old are exempted from vaccination card because they are not eligible for vaccination.
Businesses can scan a QR code with a QR reader such as a smartphone or tablet, or visually verify the card and the person’s identity.
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Use of the BC Immunization Card will be phased out to allow more time for people to transition to their new card.
From September 13 to 26, people can also use paper immunization records they receive at vaccination clinics or pharmacies.
Only BC Immunization Cards will be accepted as of September 27.
What will you need a vaccination card for?
Everyone born in 2009 or earlier (12+) will need a BC Immunization Card to enter:
- Indoor ticketed sporting events
- Indoor concert, theater, dance and symphony events
- Licensed restaurants and restaurants offering table service (indoor and outdoor dining)
- Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and outdoor dining)
- Nightclubs, casinos and cinemas
- Gyms, fitness facilities/studios and leisure facilities
- Businesses providing indoor group exercise services
- Indoor adult groups and team sports for people 19 years and older
- The event is held indoors for 50 people or more. For example, wedding parties, organized parties, conferences and seminars
- In-house classes and group entertainment such as pottery, art and choir practice
- Housing for post-secondary students on campus
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Proof of vaccination is not required to vote in person in the September 20 federal election or at pre-voting locations.
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What non-essential services or places can you access without a vaccine passport?
- Retail store
- Take-away food stalls or drive-in restaurants
- Libraries and museums
- Private meeting
- Business providing personal care, spa and sauna, therapeutic massage
- Ceremonies (weddings and funerals) and places of worship
- Driving classes
- Dog training lessons
- Fishing and hunting activities
- Guest house
How will BC’s vaccine passport system apply to out-of-province travelers?
What rules apply to people visiting from outside BC?
People from other parts of Canada must present a vaccine record officially recognized by a province or territory as well as valid government photo identification, explains Dr. Bonnie Henry.
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International travelers will need to provide proof of immunizations they used to enter Canada, such as the ArriveCAN application, along with their passport.
Henry says members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have been immunized through the job can present their military ID and immunization cards.
The province will provide businesses with a list of approved vaccines from outside the province.
When will BC’s Immunization Card program end?
The requirement applies until January 31, 2022 and is subject to extension, according to the province.
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