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BC Vaccine Card 101

What is a BC Vaccine Card and Why Do You Need One? 

On August 23rd, the Provincial Health Officer announced the BC Vaccine Card, which will be required as of September 13th for discretionary activities and events during this period of high risk (currently until January 2022). 

The BC Vaccine Card will be required for those over 12 to prove vaccination for admission to some activities and events. SFU & FIC are working with the Ministry of Advanced Education Skills and Training (AEST) and Public Health Office to interpret this order and put detailed plans in place. 

You will need to prove vaccination in order to: 

  • Live in student housing. (Note that the requirement for proof of vaccination for student housing came into effect September 7th) 
  • Participate in varsity and intramural athletics 
  • Use gyms or recreation facilities 
  • Attend student clubs, sports, theatre, performances and other events 
  • Dine indoors or on patios at all licensed dining facilities 
What do you need to get a BC Vaccine Card?
  • Legal Name 
  • Date of Birth 
  • Date of Vaccinations (both dates for 2 dose vaccines)
  • Your Personal Health Number 
What is a Personal Health Number (PHN) and How do I get one?

A Personal Health Number (PHN) is a unique lifetime identifier for health care10 that is unique to each individual. You should have this number available to be presented whenever you need health care services. You can find your PHN on the back of your BC driver’s license, BC Services Card or CareCard. If you do not yet have a PHN, please call 1-833-838-2323 and they will set up your PHN for you by phone (even if your MSP is not yet active). 

How do I get the BC Vaccine Card if I was vaccinated in another Canadian province or territory?

If you were vaccinated in a Canadian province or territory other than B.C., you must show an official vaccine record and valid government ID recognized by that jurisdiction. 

If you have had one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, you must record your vaccination through the Submit/Update My COVID-19 Immunization Record form with the Provincial Immunization Registry. 

If you are a resident of B.C., to register for and access your immunization record, please visit the province’s Health Gateway registry.  

Learn more about Proof of Vaccination on the BC Public Health website. 

How do I get the BC Vaccine Card if I was vaccinated in another country?

You may have received a COVID-19 vaccine in a different country prior to coming to Canada. If you received a COVID-19 vaccination outside of Canada, you may still need to get a vaccine in Canada. 

If you received one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in another country, you should: 

  1. Register with the Get Vaccinated system to get vaccinated in B.C. 
  2. Submit proof of your COVID-19 immunization record to the Provincial Immunization Registry. 

B.C. is following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccines list to decide whether or not it is recommended that you receive additional COVID-19 vaccination here. 

List of WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in BC. Certain activities on Campus and in BC will be limited if your vaccine is not on the WHO approved list for BC.  

For information on entering Canada and how your vaccination history may impact your entry requirements, check the government’s current travel guidance. 

To update your record and gain access to a BC Vaccine Card if you received one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in another province or country, you must: 

  • Register with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system (this can be done online if you already have a Personal Health Number, or by phone if you do not), and  
  • Submit proof of an official immunization record. 

Please note:If your proof of vaccination documents are not in English or French, they must be accompanied by a certified translation. For information about translators in British Columbia, visit the Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC website.    

It will take 2 to 3 weeks for your immunization record to be entered into the Provincial Immunization Registry after submission. For more information on this process, visit the Government of BC’s website and select “I got dose one or two in another province or country”. 

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