New COVID-19 vaccine card will be required for wide range of public activities and events
The B.C. Government has just announced a new plan to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for anyone who wants to attend a concert, movie, fitness classes etc. The new “B.C. vaccine cards” plan will be implemented on Sept 13 2021; this card will be required for a wide range of non-essential recreational and social activities.
Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.
Where would I use the B.C. Vaccine Card?
- 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
Events, businesses and services will ask to see your proof of vaccination and valid government ID. Without showing your vaccine card, they might deny your entry.
The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022, subject to extension.
How do I get my B.C. Vaccine Card?
British Columbians will be able to get their proof of vaccination through a yet-to-be-launched website by entering their name, birth date and personal health number. A copy of an individual’s proof of vaccination can then be saved to a smartphone to show, along with photo ID, when entering a business or event.
A call-in option will also be available for those unable to use the Internet.
Is anyone exempt from providing proof of vaccination?
When it comes to providing proof of vaccination, Dr. Bonnie Henry said the only exemptions are for children under the age of 12 who are not currently eligible to be vaccinated. Those who have not been vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons will not be exempt from the policy.
If you are visiting from outside of B.C.
People visiting from outside of B.C. are also required to show proof of vaccination.
For 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
For International visitors
International visitors must show:
- Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada
If you have not been vaccinated yet
It may be a bit difficult for you to access some events, services and businesses.
Here are two ways that you can get vaccinated:
- Go to a drop-in clinic
Drop-in vaccine clinics are in communities around B.C. You don’t need to register online or phone before you arrive.
Make an appointment
If it works better for your schedule, you can make an appointment. You must be registered with the Get Vaccinated system.
So CCC students, if you would like to go out for some fun or come to school in person during the fall, do not forget to get vaccinated and download your vaccine card!
If you encounter any difficulties getting your vaccination, feel free to contact CCC! Do not forget the most important thing – Wear Your Mask All Time!