COVID-19 BC Vaccine Card
By order of the provincial health officer (PHO), proof of vaccination is required to access some events, services, and businesses. As of September 13, one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is required. By October 24, full vaccination is required.
The requirement applies to all people 12 years of age and older and covers:
- 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, casinos, and 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, e.g., wedding receptions, organized parties, conferences, and workshops
- Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities like pottery, art, and choir
- Post-secondary on-campus student housing
Information for workers
The BC Vaccine Card is only required for patrons, not for workers. Businesses should not request to see an employee’s proof of vaccination as part of the BC Vaccine Card program unless the employee is attending as a customer.
Businesses or institutions may choose to adopt their own vaccination policies for their employees but would be responsible for doing their own due diligence.
Information for employers
To verify vaccination status, employers must review the BC Vaccine Card as well as a piece of photo ID that matches the name on the vaccine card (note that youth aged 12 to 18 are not required to show photo ID).
- From September 13 to 26, patrons may use the paper vaccination record that they were provided when they received their vaccination. From September 27, the BC Vaccine Card will be the only acceptable form of proof of vaccination.
- The BC Vaccine Card can be reviewed either visually or using a QR reader like a smartphone or tablet.
- A visual verification entails reviewing the BC Vaccine Card and ensuring both the name and vaccination details are visible.
- A mobile QR code reader app is available for businesses that choose to scan the QR code. Employers may download the app on iOS or on Android.
The requirement is in place until at least January 31, 2022. Businesses and organizations that do not comply with the PHO order may be issued a violation ticket. Enforcement is at the discretion of enforcement officers, including police, liquor and cannabis inspectors, gambling investigators and conservation officers. To report concerns around PHO order violations by event organizers, venues, or individuals, contact your local government’s bylaw office. If you are unable to reach a local bylaw office, contact your local police department’s non-emergency line. Visit the provincial government’s proof of vaccination website for information on enforcement.
Employers can get additional information about how to check the vaccination status of patrons on the provincial government’s proof of vaccination information for businesses website.
Preventing bullying and harassment and violence in the workplace
Employers should be aware that workers checking for BC Vaccine Cards may be subject to harassing, threatening, or, in some situations, violent behaviour.
Employers must have policies and procedures in place to protect workers from bullying and harassing behaviour from customers, clients, members of the public, and other workers. Employers must also eliminate or minimize the risk to workers from violence.
To better understand their responsibilities to prevent bullying and harassment and violence in the workplace, employers should review the sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation that address workers’ protection from these work-related risks. For more information, see:
- Policy Item P2-21-2: Employer Duties - Workplace Bullying and Harassment
- OHS Regulation Part 4: Violence in the Workplace
Employers can also refer to the following health and safety information and resources from WorkSafeBC:
- Bullying & harassment
- Violence in the workplace
- Take Care: How to Develop and Implement a Workplace Violence Prevention Program
Getting a BC Vaccine Card
To get your digital BC Vaccine Card, register at the provincial government’s Health Gateway system.
Visit the provincial government’s website to learn how to get vaccinated for COVID-19.