Premier John Horgan, along with Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, revealed that proof of vaccination would be required to be given access to specific establishments and events.
This proof of vaccination was dubbed as the “BC vaccination card.”
This announcement was made on Monday afternoon, where Henry also emphasized that there will be “no exemptions” to the recently disclosed health mandate.
Horgan urged BC residents to have themselves vaccinated because he believes that the COVID-19 vaccines are the “ticket to putting this pandemic behind us.”
It was also revealed during the announcement that individuals must have a single dose of the vaccine by September 13 to be allowed in the following places and activities:
- Businesses offering indoor high-intensity group exercise activities
- Discretionary organized indoor group recreational classes and activities
- Fitness centres and gyms (excluding youth recreational sports)
- Indoor concerts
- Indoor theatre dance and symphony events
- Indoor ticketed sporting events
- Movie theatres
- Organized indoor events (weddings, parties, conferences, meetings, workshops)
- Restaurants (indoor and patio dining)
By October 24, residents must have the complete two doses, and at least seven (7) days should have already passed since they got their second jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Regarding the requirements to secure a BC vaccination card, provincial health officials say that the only details required would be the recipient’s name, date of birth, and personal health number.
Recipients of the BC vaccination card can also access their proof of vaccination online. In addition, a digital copy of the same can be saved on their phone for easy access.