How to get your BC Vaccine Card
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By order of the BC public health officer, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required across the province as of Sept. 13, 2021. The passport will cover restaurants, indoor ticketed events, nightclubs and casinos, movie theatres, gyms and recreation facilities, post secondary on-campus student housing, and indoor organized gatherings such as weddings and conferences.
Go to healthgateway.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard to download an electronic version of the BC Vaccine Card.
When you arrive at the vaccine card website at busy times, you might see a countdown clock, showing how long you’ll need to wait before you can submit your information. (The website may be unavailable in the early morning to allow for site maintenance.)
You will be prompted to enter your personal health number, date of birth and a date of vaccination. The website will generate a QR code — a square-shaped scannable image — that can be downloaded or saved onto a mobile device. The code can also be printed.
Those without a mobile device, computer or printer can call the provincial vaccine hotline at 1-833-838-2323 to have a printed vaccine card mailed to them. People can also visit one of the province’s 64 Service B.C. Centres to have their card printed.
That digital or printed code — your BC Vaccine Card — will include your name and vaccination status and a BC logo. You will be required to show that code along with a piece of valid government photo ID (ID required for people 19 years of age and older only) to enter many non-essential businesses, services and venues.
Families and caregivers can carry a copy of their family member’s or dependent’s B.C. Vaccine Card with them or save multiple vaccine cards to their mobile device, the province said.
Businesses will be able to scan the BC Vaccine Card code via the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app, which will be released by Sept. 13.
They will be required to scan a customer’s paper or digital vaccine card to check for proof of vaccination and, for people 19 and older, check government-issued photo ID.
The BC Vaccine Card can also be verified visually by checking the name and vaccination status and cross referencing it with a piece of government-issued photo ID or military ID.