British Columbia has announced that proof of vaccination will be required for people to attend select events and businesses starting September 13th.
The province says people aged 12 and older will be required to show their proof of vaccination — one dose of vaccine will be required starting September 13th and full vaccination or two complete doses by October 24th to enter certain spaces, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining in restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events.
The province says a secure weblink will be provided and publicized before Sept. 13, where British Columbians will be able to access their proof of vaccination.
This does not apply to K-12 schools (public and independent) and before-and-after school programs for students. Student-only events and activities within K-to-12 public and independent schools and before and after school programs are excluded from providing proof of vaccine as they will be covered by specific guidelines for school and child care settings. Guidance for these settings related to students will be provided in the coming days.
List of places where proof of vaccination will be required:
- indoor ticketed sporting events
- indoor concerts
- indoor theatre/dance/symphony events
- restaurants (indoor and patio dining)
- night clubs
- movie theatres
- fitness centres/gyms (excluding youth recreational sport)
- businesses offering indoor high-intensity group exercise activities
- organized indoor events (eg. weddings, parties, conferences, meetings, workshops)
- discretionary organized indoor group recreational classes and activities
Dates of implementation:
- As of Sept. 13, people in British Columbia will be required to be partially vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- As of Oct. 24, people in British Columbia will be required to be fully immunized, at least seven days after receiving two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
How to get vaccine proof:
British Columbians will be able to access their proof of vaccination through a secure website. A weblink will be provided and publicized widely before Sept. 13. To access proof of vaccination an individual will need:
- date of birth
- personal health number (PHN)
- Individuals will be able to save a copy of their proof of vaccination to their phone to show when entering or using designated businesses and events.
- A second, secure option will be provided for people who cannot access their proof of vaccination online through a call-in centre (call centre details to be made public in coming days).
- Individuals will show proof of vaccination in the settings listed in the PHO order, alongside valid government ID.
What about those from other provinces & countries:
Proof of vaccination will also be required for people visiting from outside of B.C. using a provincially/territorially recognized official record alongside a valid government ID from the jurisdiction.
For visitors from outside of Canada, they will be required to show their proof of vaccination used to enter the country and their passport.
The province says the measures will be time-limited through to Jan. 31, 2022, subject to possible extension.