🕘 Sep 17th, 2021

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination is now required to access some events, services and businesses. You must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated. The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022 and could be extended. 

If you are planning an event or wedding for 2021/2022, this blog post may help to answer some questions you have about planning.

Do you need to check guests’ BC Vaccine Cards at your event?

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination is required to access indoor organized events, such as weddings, with 50 or more people. Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated. The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).

Who is responsible for checking BC Vaccine Cards? What needs to be checked?

Event organizers and hosts are responsible for checking BC Vaccine Cards. Ensure that your professional event planner or someone in your organizing committee assumes responsibility for this task. Violation tickets of $2,300 can be issued to owners, operators and event organizers of non-compliant events (and up to $575 for individuals attending non-compliant events).

All guests must present:
  • Their BC Vaccine Card 
    • You can show other forms of proof of vaccination up until Sep 26, such as your wallet-sized immunization record card
  • A piece of valid government photo ID
    • Youth age 12-18 are not required to show valid government photo ID

NOTE: As per the Gathering and Events order (Sep 10, 2021), private residences are not considered venues and are not subject to these rules. However, the private residence must be a primary residence to qualify. Vacation accommodations (such as Airbnb), even if they are private homes, are still considered venues and are subject to proof of vaccination rules.

What about guests who don’t have access to a smartphone, computer or printer?

All of your guests can still access their BC Vaccine Card, regardless of technological abilities.

Options include:

  • Having a friend or family member access your BC Vaccine Card on their device or printing it for you
  • Having an accompanying guest access your BC Vaccine Card for you
  • Phoning 1-833-838-2323 to order a paper copy
  • Printing your card at a BC Service Office

    For more information on these methods, please visit the BC Vaccine Card website here.

What about out of town guests?

People who don’t have a B.C. ID are also required to show proof of vaccination. 

People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:

  • Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
  • Valid government photo ID

International visitors must show:

  • Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada
  • Passport
What about unvaccinated guests?

As per the public health order, guests who are unvaccinated are unable to attend events or weddings where vaccine cards are required for entry. 

If guests would like to get vaccinated, they can visit this website.

For guests who are unable to join you, you may want to live stream your event, so they can attend virtually, or plan a follow up celebration that they can attend (such as an outdoor barbecue). 

How to tell guests they need proof of vaccination

We recommend informing your guests well ahead of time, so they have an opportunity to download their BC Vaccine Card, get vaccinated, and ask any questions they might have. Before sending any communication to your guests, check in with your venue to see what protocols they have in place that guests may also need to know about ahead of time. 

Be sure to send out your save the dates and invitations with a note about the BC Vaccine Card. While updating your event or wedding website with this information is a good idea, you may also want to reach out to guests directly, as this information could affect their attendance. 

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