British Columbia to Require Covid Vaccination for Non-Essential Events and Services

British Columbia announced that proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required to access numerous social and recreation events in within the province.

Starting September 13, 2021, you must have at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccination to access some events, services and businesses. This will transition to two doses, or fully vaccinated, on October 24th, 2021. This requirement, by order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), applies to all people 12 years of age and older.

The events, businesses and services which will ask to see your proof of vaccination and valid government ID, include:

  • Indoor ticketed concerts, theatre, dance, symphony and sporting events
  • Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs and bars
  • Nightclubs and casinos 
  • Movie theatres 
  • Gyms, pools and recreation facilities 
    • Does not include youth recreational sport
  • Indoor high intensity group exercise 
  • Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, parties, conferences, meetings and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities like pottery and art
    • Does not include K to 12 school and before and after school programs
  • Post-secondary on-campus student housing. Note: Students must be partially vaccinated by September 7

Vaccination Card

A secure website will be available September 13th, through which you can create your vaccination “card”.

You can then save your vaccine card to your smartphone and show it when accessing events, services and businesses. A secure paper option will also be available for September 13.  

To access your B.C. vaccine card, you’ll need to provide:

  • Name
  • Date of birth 
  • Personal Health Number (PHN)

Vaccinated outside of B.C.?

If your received your one or both does of a Covid-19 vaccine outside of the country or province, you will need to:

This is expected to take about 2 to 3 weeks to process.

Visiting From Outside of B.C.

Canadian visitors from outside of the province must provide a provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record, and valid government ID from the same province or territory.

International visitors must provide the proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada, and a passport.

Drop-in B.C. clinics

For those looking to receive a Covid-19 vaccination, a list of drop-in clinics provided by the Government of British Columbia can be found here.

Source: GovernmentofBritishColumbia

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