Health Ministry: B.C. residents to require two vaccine cards

Health Ministry: B.C. residents to require two vaccine cards
Health Ministry: B.C. residents to require two vaccine cards

British Columbians will be required to have both a federal vaccine passport and BC Vaccine Card if they want to eat at a restaurant and travel by airplane.

Premier John Horgan acknowledged the rollout of the federal vaccine passport will lead to “confusion” in British Columbia.

He did not explain why the BC Vaccine Card, which has been downloaded by more than 3.7 million people, does not sync up with the new federal card.

“If you want to travel internationally or on federally regulated modes of transportation you are going to need to have a separate card,” Horgan said.

“You can do that by reviewing the information being provided by the federal government. We will look at how we can bring the two together.”

Starting on Oct. 30, Canadians will be required to show proof of immunization or a negative PCR test result to travel on a plane or train. There will be a grace period and, according to Horgan, it seems that during the grace period the BC Vaccine Card will be enough.

But starting on Nov. 30, Canadians will need to show a federal vaccine passport to travel in and out of the country. This card will be separate from the B.C. card.

In order to travel, Canadians will be required to provide proof they have been fully immunized against COVID-19.

The B.C. card shows someone has been vaccinated twice.

The federal vaccine passport will show your name, date of birth, and COVID-19 vaccine history — including which doses you received and when you received them.

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