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Vaccination 101

Vaccination is available for all international students in British Columbia free of charge. Please follow the instructions below to learn how to get vaccinated

 

Getting Vaccinated 

  • At this time, you are considered fully vaccinated in BC when you have had at least 2 doses of an approved vaccine, a mix of 2 accepted vaccines, or 1 dose of Janssen (and at least 14 days have passed since your final dose). 
  • To get vaccinated or get a booster shot, check out the following page for how to book an appointment or visit a drop-in clinic. 
  • If you have already been vaccinated in another country or province, you can check to see if your vaccine has been approved in Canada, where to submit your immunization records, and how to find out if you need another vaccine. Please note that if your vaccination record is not in English or French, you will need to get a certified translation before you submit your records. Click here to find out more.
     

BC Vaccine Card (Provincial Proof of Vaccination) 

  • As of April 8, 2022, the BC Vaccine Card will no longer be required to access businesses, events, and services in BC. Click here for more information. 
  • From September 13, 2021 – April 7, 2022, the BC Vaccine Card was implemented in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Proof of being fully vaccinated via a BC Vaccine Card (QR code with a green background) and government-issued identification was required to access many services, events, and businesses across the province.
     

Canadian Proof of Vaccination (Federal Proof of Vaccination) 

  • In order to travel by air or rail to another province or country, the Canadian Government now requires Canadian Proof of Vaccination. If you have been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine(s), you can get your vaccination document from the Health Gateway site. Click here to find out how to do this.
  • If you were vaccinated in a different country or outside of BC, you will need to submit your vaccination records here. Please note that if your vaccination record is not in English or French, you will need to get a certified translation before you submit your records. After they have been processed, you will be able to access your Federal Proof of Vaccination from Health Gateway.

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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