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Proof of Vaccination

Your BC Vaccine Card is needed to access non-essential services.

Last updated: September 23, 2021

Proof of vaccination required for non-essential activities 

You will be required to show your BC Vaccine Card for some social and recreational events, services and businesses to help protect other people from COVID-19. This applies to individuals aged 12 years and older (born 2009 or earlier).

  • Indoor ticketed concerts, theatre, dance, symphony and sporting events with more than 50 people
  • Indoor and patio dining at licensed restaurants and cafes that offer table service including liquor tasting rooms in wineries, breweries or distilleries
  • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
  • Nightclubs and casinos  
  • Movie theatres 
  • Gyms, exercise and dance facilities/studios, and recreation facilities 
  • Businesses offering indoor exercise/fitness
  • Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years and older
  • Indoor organized events with 50 people or more. For example wedding and funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home), organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities with more than 50 people like pottery, art and choir
  • Post-secondary on-campus student housing
  • Spectators at indoor youth sporting events with more than 50 people.
Proof of vaccination is NOT required to vote in-person in the September 20 federal election or at advance polling places.
Show your proof of vaccination with the BC Vaccine Card and a piece of identification. You can use either a digital or printed copy of your BC Vaccine card.

BC Vaccine Cards will be phased in over time. From September 13, 2021 to September 26, people will also be able to use the vaccination cards they got at B.C. vaccine clinics or pharmacies as valid proof of vaccination. 

Get your BC Vaccine Card online
  • Go online to
  • Enter your date-of-birth, Personal Health Number (PHN), and date of your first or second dose
  • View, save a copy to your phone, or print your vaccine card
Request a printed copy of your BC Vaccine Card
  • Call 1-833-838-2323 to request a mailed copy
  • Visit a Service BC office to have one printed
  • Print a copy for yourself - ask a trusted friend or visit a library to access a computer and printer
Learn more about getting the BC Vaccine Card.

Beginning September 13, you need to provide proof that you received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.


Beginning October 24, you need to provide proof that you received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Check your immunization record before September 13 to make sure the information is correct. If there is an error, use an online form to update your record.
Update my immunization record

If you received COVID-19 vaccines in another province or country, submit proof of an official immunization record. It will be entered into the Provincial Immunization Registry.

Submit immunization record

If you received one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccine in another country, check to see if you need additional doses in B.C. 

Vaccine requirements if you were vaccinated outside of Canada.

People visiting from outside of B.C. are also required to show proof of vaccination. 

Canadian visitors
People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:

  • Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
  • Valid government ID from the same province or territory
International visitors
International visitors must show:

  • Proof of vaccination you used to enter Canada
  • Passport

Starting September 13, some events, services and businesses are required to check a person's proof of vaccination for access to their venue or space.

Find information for businesses on proof of vaccination requirements at

Vaccinations are not mandatory in B.C. for the general public. 


Immunization record

When you get vaccinated, you get a paper record of your vaccination and your information is added to the province’s immunization registry. 

When you get vaccinated, you will receive a paper record of your vaccination and the information will be entered into the electronic Provincial Immunization Registry (along with your other vaccination history). 

Keep your record of immunization as it contains important information about the date and type of vaccine you receive.

You can also access your immunization record online or request a printed copy by phone or at a Service BC office. You will be asked to provide information such as your name, Personal Health Number and date of birth to confirm your identity.

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