British Columbians can access their COVID-19 vaccine card online or by calling the province’s Get Vaccinated call centre and requesting a printed copy be mailed to them.
The cards will allow people to show proof of vaccination at higher-risk social and recreational events and settings when new vaccine requirement rules take effect on Sept. 13, according to the province.
“Getting vaccinated means we can bring people back together and do more, safely, and with confidence that we’re not putting those who aren’t fully vaccinated at risk,” said Premier John Horgan. “We have made the BC Vaccine Card easy for people to get and easy for businesses to check at a glance. The card is a significant step in getting our economy running on all cylinders and returning to social events safely with the confidence that those around us are also fully vaccinated.”
People can get their vaccine card online at gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard. Once verified, a person will be able to save a digital copy to their mobile device or print a hard copy to present along with their government-issued photo ID when entering designated businesses and events, according to the province.
The cards will include a secure, individualized QR code and image showing either “vaccinated” or “partially vaccinated.” Businesses can either scan the code using a QR reader like a smartphone or visually verify the person’s proof of vaccination. A mobile QR code reader app will be released in app stores closer to Sept. 13 for businesses that choose to scan the QR code, the province said.
People without access to a computer and printer can get their card by calling 1 (833) 838-2323 at the Get Vaccinated call centre and get a printed copy mailed to them. They can also have a trusted friend, family member or support person print the card for them. People can also visit a Service BC Centre to get one.
“Getting vaccinated is the proven choice to protect ourselves and the people around us. The requirement for proof of vaccine will make our communities safer and also ensure that events and gatherings are safer for all of us,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. “I encourage everyone to get their BC Vaccine Card to protect their community, support their local businesses and each other.”
The new requirement is being implemented through orders from the provincial health officer. As of Sept. 13, one dose of vaccine will be required for entry to venues such as concerts, nightclubs, indoor dining, gyms and weddings. By Oct. 24, entry to these settings will require people be fully vaccinated with two doses, according to the province.
Eighty-five per cent of British Columbians over 12 have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to Henry.