Information on the BC Vaccine Card
Starting September 13, you will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access some events, services, and businesses using the BC Vaccine Card. Please see below for more information:
Who Needs a BC Vaccine Card?
Anyone aged 12+ (people who are born in 2009 or earlier) requires a BC Vaccine Card to access some events, services, and businesses.
How Can I Get My BC Vaccine Card?
To get your BC Vaccine Card, click here. You must provide your date of birth, your PHN (Personal Health Number), and the date you received Dose 1 or Dose 2 of your COVID-19 vaccine.
Once you have provided the above information, you will get your BC Vaccine Card. You can either take a screenshot to print out or to save on your smartphone/tablet.
“I’m happy the process was so straightforward, and it took me less than a minute to get my BC Vaccine Card.” -Kim Davidson, CEO & Executive Director, BC Epilepsy Society
What If I Don’t Have a Smartphone, Tablet, Computer, or Printer?
If you don’t have a smartphone, tablet, computer, or printer, you can order a paper copy of your BC Vaccine Card by calling 1-833-838-2323.
You can also visit a Service BC office to print a paper copy of your BC Vaccine Card but please note that Service BC offices located in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey do not offer printed copies.
Where is a BC Vaccine Card Needed?
- Indoor ticketed sporting events
- Indoor concerts, theatre, dance, and symphony events
- Licensed restaurants and restaurants that offer table service (indoor and patio dining)
- Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
- Nightclubs and casinos
- Movie theatres
- Gyms, exercise facilities/studios, pools, and recreation facilities
- Businesses offering indoor group exercise
- Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older
- Indoor organized events with 50 or more people (ex. wedding receptions, organized parties, conferences, workshops, etc.)
- Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities (ex. pottery, art, choir, etc.)
- Post-secondary on-campus student housing
Places That Don’t Require a BC Vaccine Card:
- Grocery stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies
- Unlicensed restaurants that don't offer table service (ex. fast food, coffee shops and takeout)
- Salons, hairdressers, and barbers
- Hotels, resorts, cabins, and campsites
- Please note that this does not apply to licensed restaurants or settings and events hosted at the accommodation
- Banks and credit unions
- Retail and clothing stores
- Food banks and shelters
- Escape rooms, laser tag, indoor paint ball, arcades, and bowling alleys (if they are unlicensed or don't offer table service)
- Post-secondary on-campus cafeterias
- Worship services
- Indoor youth recreational sport for people 19 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
Privacy and the BC Vaccine Card:
Every BC Vaccine Card comes with a unique QR code. Please note that as BC is using the SMART Health Card QR code format, the QR code stores minimal information and is not connected to other health records.
Checking BC Vaccine Card and ID:
Events, businesses, and services will ask to see your BC Vaccine Card as well as a piece of valid government issued photo ID such as your BC Drivers License or BC Services Card, your Passport, or a Photo ID issued in another province or territory.
- Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated with both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- This requirement will be in place until January 31, 2022, and could be extended.
“It’s really important to keep in mind this is a temporary measure of health and safety and is not a forever requirement.” -Kim Davidson, CEO & Executive Director, BC Epilepsy Society
For more information on the BC Vaccine Card, please click here.