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BC’s Vaccine Passport Rules Just Got Released & You'll Need It In These Places Next Week

Starting on September 13, B.C. will require a mandatory vaccine passport for higher-risk social and recreational events, and the province has just outlined what that means for you.

If you're 12 or older, you'll need to use the passport to attend a variety of non-discretionary events until January 31, 2022, which is subject to extension, according to the government.

How Do You Get The Passport?

BC\u2019s Vaccine Passport Rules Just Got Released & It Starts Next Week

The government website to get your passport launched Tuesday, and all you need to enter is your date of birth, personal health number, and date of vaccination or vaccinations. It will then give you a QR code that you can use to prove your vaccination status.

You can also print out a physical paper copy from the website, visit a Service B.C. Centre, or call the Provincial Vaccine Line to get your printed card sent to you in the mail.

Where Will You Need It?

The passport will be needed at a wide assortment of events, such as indoor concerts and sporting events, indoor and outdoor dining and bars, nightclubs, casinos, movie theatres as well as gyms, pools, and recreational facilities.

It'll also be necessary at indoor events like weddings, parties, conferences, meetings and workshops, high-intensity group exercise, and indoor recreational classes.

It will not be needed for K to 12 kids in school and will also not be necessary for in-person voting in the upcoming federal election.

How Will It Work?

If you arrive at a business that requires proof of vaccination, all you have to do is present your QR code or paper copy of your vaccination status. If you're over 19, you'll also need to show a piece of valid government ID. If you're between 12-18, you don't need to show ID.

If you're with someone who requires help to present their vaccine passport, you can carry a copy and present it for them.

And for those who don't hop on getting their card right away, from September 13 until September 26, B.C. residents will still be able to use the paper record provided at a dose one or dose two vaccine appointment as proof of vaccination.

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