During his announcement on Monday afternoon, Premier John Horgan revealed that the British Columbia government had released a COVID-19 vaccine certificate known as the BC Vaccine Card.
Joined by Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Horgan stressed that the said BC Vaccine Card is in line with a new Provincial Health Officer Order.
The Order mandates that individuals be required to show proof of vaccination before they can be allowed to enter establishments and participate in particular events.
Dr. Henry emphasized that the vaccine card is needed “to access certain social, recreational, and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province.” However, it was also disclosed that only individuals over the age of 12 would be needed to show proof of immunization.
The following events and activities require the BC Vaccine Card:
- Indoor activities and classes
- Indoor events such as workshops, parties, and weddings
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Casinos and nightclubs
- Indoor dining and patio dining
- Indoor symphony events, dance presentations, theatre, and concerts
- Indoor ticketed sporting events
Additionally, Horgan’s announcement also revealed that beginning on September 13, BC residents will need to provide proof of vaccination and at least one dose of the vaccine for COVID-19.
People are also mandated to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 24, and at least seven (7) days should have already passed since they got their second jab.
According to the Ministry of Health, individuals will have a “secure web link” and can access their vaccination certificates confidentially online by September 13. In addition, they can use this link to access their proof of vaccination, which can then be used to join events or enter business establishments.
It was also divulged that people who can’t access their proof of vaccination via the worldwide web would be provided with a “secure alternative” for doing so.