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B.C. launches proof of vaccination to stop spread of COVID-19


Victoria – Starting Sept. 13, proof of vaccination will be required in B.C. for people dining at indoor and outdoor restaurants and attending certain social and recreational settings and events.

The B.C. government announced this measure with the aim of increasing the vaccination rate across the province and providing confidence to fully vaccinated people that those around them are also fully vaccinated.

A new order from the provincial health officer will require individuals to provide proof of vaccination to access a broad range of social, recreational, and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province. As of Sept. 13, one dose of vaccine will be required for entry to these settings.

By Oct. 24, entry to these settings will require people to be fully vaccinated at least seven days after receiving both doses. To enter certain spaces, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining in restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events, like conferences and weddings, people aged 12 and older will be required to show their proof of vaccination.

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A secure weblink will be provided and publicized before Sept. 13, where people will be able to confidentially access their proof of vaccination. Individuals will be able to save a copy of their proof of vaccination to their phone to show it when entering or using designated businesses and events. Individuals who cannot access their proof of vaccination online will be provided with a secure alternative option.