How the B.C. vaccine card will work

The province unveiled more details of its B.C. vaccine card on Tuesday, which goes into force next week. Certain businesses will need to verify patrons’ COVID-19 vaccination status if they are to be granted entry.

Here’s how the new initiative will work when it rolls out Sept. 13.

Where proof of vaccination will be required

• Restaurants (indoor/outdoor dining) and pubs

• Organized indoor events such as weddings, business conferences

• Concerts, clubs, cinemas, casinos

• Fitness centres, adult sports, indoor group exercise activities

• Indoor ticketed sporting events like the B.C. Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver Canucks

How to get your card

• Go to gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard

• Enter the personal health number, date of birth and date of either the user’s first or second COVID-19 vaccine dose

• Save a digital version of the card to a mobile device or print off a paper copy from the website

• If you do not have access to a computer, printer of the internet, call 1-833-838-2323 to get a paper copy of your card mailed to you.

What businesses need to know

• Verify users’ vaccination status by downloading the BC Card Vaccine Verifier app (not yet available) and scanning QR code featured on users’ digital cards or paper copies

• Verify vaccination status visually by looking at the card and checking the user’s name and vaccination details

• Confirm that the user’s government-issued photo ID matches the name of B.C. vaccine card

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