Province launches proof of vaccine system

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People in B.C. will be required to get vaccinated in order to access many social and recreational services including restaurants, concerts and fitness centres.

As of Sept. 13, people will be required to have at least one dose of vaccine. As of Oct. 24, people must be at least seven days past their second dose.

People can confidentially access their proof of vaccination through a secure website, a link to which will be provided before Sept. 13. To access proof of vaccination, a person will need their name, date of birth and personal health number. They can then save a copy of their proof of vaccination on their phone to show when entering or using designated businesses and events.

There will be a second option for people who can’t access their proof of vaccination online through a call-in centre.

People must show valid government ID along with their proof of vaccination. There will be no exemptions for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons.

Those visiting from outside B.C. will be required to show their own proof of vaccination using a provincially/territorially recognized official record alongside valid government ID from the jurisdiction. People visiting from outside of Canada will be required to show their proof of vaccination used to enter the country and their passport.

These measures will apply through Jan. 31, subject to possible extension. They do not apply to K-12 schools and before-and-after school programs, although guidance for those settings will be provided later this week.

However, the measures do apply to post-secondary campuses, including student housing where proof of vaccination will be required as of Sept. 7. Further guidance for these settings will also be released in the coming days.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said over the last month, almost 90 per cent of all cases and 93 per cent of hospitalizations have been among the unvaccinated.

“Your risk (of getting COVID-19) is 10 times higher if you’ve not been protected through vaccine,” said Henry.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the B.C. vaccine card is an interim action until we transition to a federally compliant proof of vaccine.

Below is the full list of settings where proof of vaccination will be required:

• indoor ticketed sporting events

• indoor concerts

• indoor theatre/dance/symphony events

• restaurants (indoor and patio dining)

• night clubs

• casinos

• movie theatres

• fitness centres/gyms (excluding youth recreational sport)

• businesses offering indoor high-intensity group exercise activities

• organized indoor events (eg. weddings, parties, conferences, meetings, workshops)

• discretionary organized indoor group recreational classes and activities

As of Aug. 17, 86 per cent of Richmondites aged 12-plus had received one dose of vaccine and 76 per cent had received two doses. This remains above the provincial average, which as of today is 83.2 per cent with one dose and 74.9 per cent with two doses.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel

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