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How do I get my proof of vaccination (vaccine passport)?
Everyone aged 12 and older will need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 along with a piece of identification to access certain public spaces in Ontario.
These spaces include higher-risk indoor public places where face coverings cannot always be worn; such as cinemas and restaurants. These new rules will not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower; such as outdoor dining patios and parks.
Where can I find my proof of vaccination?
When you were vaccinated, either by your healthcare provider or a vaccination clinic, you should have received a printed receipt showing the details of the vaccine you were given and if it was your first or second dose.
If you don’t want to carry the original receipt with you, you can keep a digital copy of the receipt saved to your phone. You should have received a copy of this information at the email address you provided when you registered for the appointment.
If you have the green photo OHIP card, you can access your vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal. If you need assistance with the portal or are unable to print a copy, you can contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. The TTY number for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired is 1-866-797-0007. These lines are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. Information is available in more than 300 languages.
If you don't have a printer at home you can visit your local library and ask for assistance printing or making copies of your vaccine documents. Community Hubs and libraries, like the Toronto Public Library, are offering free printing for vaccine receipts.
You can now download your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code from the provincial system.
There are some digital apps that offer to save your vaccine certificates and your proof of identification. Be careful before downloading any vaccine passport app that is not officially from the government or public health; third party apps may not be able to keep your personal data secure.
What if I was vaccinated outside of Ontario?
If you received your first and/or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccines outside of Ontario, you must contact your local Ontario Public Health Unit. They will tell you what information and documents you need to submit in order to record your information in the Public Health’s COVaxON system.
You are considered fully vaccinated if you received:
- The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines
- One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
- Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada
You must have received your last dose at least 14 full days prior in order to be considered fully vaccinated by Ontario Public Health.
If you are visiting Ontario you will be required to show your full vaccination status with identification. If you have questions about your vaccination status, you should contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 for assistance.
Can I hide parts of my information on the receipt?
No, you cannot change the appearance of the receipt you receive as proof of vaccination in any way. Even covering your name or date of birth is not permitted and could render the receipt invalid.
What if I am not vaccinated?
If you were unable to get the vaccine due to medical reasons, you can show a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated into the digital vaccine certificate. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated will be exempt from having to show proof.
What types of identification are acceptable?
You will need to confirm that your name and date of birth match your vaccination receipt. The identification requirements are flexible, government identification can be used; however, it is not the only type of ID accepted. Identification that young people may have access to includes a birth certificate, a passport, or school issued ID.
Do I need to show proof of vaccination in other parts of Canada?
If you are travelling to another part of Canada, you should check the public health information and the current health mandates for that province or territory before you go. You can find that information at the following links:
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July 25, 2022