Proof of vaccination
As of September 22, 2021, you must provide proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated to access certain businesses and settings.
You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received:
- two doses using Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca (including CoviShield) in any combination (the full series of a covid 19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada)
- one or two doses of a covid 19 vaccine not authorized by Health followed by one dose of a covid 19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada
- three doses of a covid 19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada
You must also receive your final dose of the covid 19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.
If you are not yet fully vaccinated, book your appointment now at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.
September 22: use your vaccine receipt
To access certain public settings and facilities patrons will need to provide both:
- proof of being fully vaccinated
- proof of identification (such a driver’s licence)
People who are not fully vaccinated can attend an indoor social gathering associated with a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony in certain meeting or event space as long as they provide proof of a negative antigen test administered within the previous 48 hours.
October 22: use your vaccine certificate
An enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the QR code, will be available.
Where you must show proof of vaccination
Indoor settings where you must show your vaccine receipt include:
- meeting and event spaces, including conference and convention centres
- food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restoclubs
- restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities
- facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and personal fitness training
- casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
- concert venues, theatres and cinemas
- bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
- racing venues
- where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences
You do not have to show proof of vaccination if you:
- access the indoor areas of certain specified settings solely to:
- use a washroom
- access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route
- make a retail purchase
- place, pick up or pay for an order
- make a bet or pick up winnings at a racing track
- purchase an admission
- enter as may be necessary for health and safety purposes
- are under age 12
- are under age 18 and entering the indoor premises of a sports or recreational facility solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport
- have a valid document from a physician or nurse practitioner saying you have a medical exemption from full vaccination
A valid document outlining medical exemption must include:
- the name and contact information of the physician or nurse practitioner (for example, phone number and address)
- a logo or letterhead identifying the physician or registered nurse in the extended class
- a statement that there is a medical reason for the individual’s exemption for being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
- an effective time-period for the medical reason within the date the individual is seeking access to the business or organization
Weddings and funerals
You do not have to show proof of vaccination between September 22, 2021 and October 12, 2021 if you are attending a:
- wedding or funeral service, rite, or ceremony and you are not attending the associated social gathering (for example, reception) that is in a meeting or event space
- social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony that is being held in a business licensed under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002
In this situation, you must provide proof of a negative antigen covid 19 test within the previous 48 hours.
What you’ll need to show
To enter the business or organization, you must provide:
- proof of identity that shows your name and date of birth
- proof of vaccination (your vaccine receipt, demonstrating you are fully vaccinated and the final dose was taken at least 14 days ago)
You can provide either a paper or digital copy of your vaccination receipt that includes your:
- date of vaccination
- brand of vaccine at the time of vaccination
You can use the receipt you were given at your second dose.
You cannot alter the appearance of your receipt in any way.
How to prove your identity
You must prove your identity by showing identification that includes both your name and date of birth.
A photo identification is not required.
To confirm your identity, you may use your:
- birth certificate
- driver’s licence
- government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, such as a health card
- citizenship card
- permanent resident (PR) card
- Indian Status Card or Indigenous Membership Card
Get your proof of vaccination online
Proof of vaccination includes any of the following:
- An Ontario vaccination receipt from a vaccine clinic when you received your dose (paper copy)
- A vaccination receipt signed by an Indigenous Health Provider
- An Ontario Ministry of Health vaccination receipt received by email following your appointment (digital or printed paper copy)
- Downloaded vaccination receipt from Ontario’s provincial booking portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (digital or printed paper copy)
- A vaccination receipt from another jurisdiction that shows the holder is fully vaccinated against covid 19.
After you are vaccinated, you can log in to the provincial portal to download or print an electronic covid 19 receipt (PDF) for each dose you have received.
Receipts are available:
- for first and second doses received in Ontario
- regardless of where you were vaccinated (for example, at a mass immunization clinic, hospital, pharmacy or primary care setting)
Step 1: gather what you need
To log in and get your receipt, you will need:
- a green photo health (OHIP) card (you will need numbers from both the front and back of the card, expired cards will be accepted)
- your date of birth
- your postal code (the one associated with your health card)
Step 2: use the provincial system to download your receipt
If you do not have a computer or printer
If you do not have a computer or printer, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to request a copy be sent by mail. You can also visit your local library or ask a trusted friend or organization to help print a copy.
If you do not have an address
If you do not have an address, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to arrange to receive your vaccination receipt delivered to a trusted friend, family member or community organization.
If you have a red and white health card or do not have a health card
If you have a red and white health card, call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. The call centre agent can email you a copy of your receipt.
If you do not have a health card
If you do not have a health card, contact your local public health unit to verify your identity and receive a covid ID/Personal Access Code. You can then call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to email you a copy of your receipt.
If you got one or more of your doses outside of Ontario
If you received one or more doses of the covid 19 vaccine out of province, contact your local public health unit to record your information and receive proper documentation.
Proof of vaccination may also include a vaccination receipt from another jurisdiction that shows the holder is fully vaccinated against covid 19.
If you aren’t vaccinated
If you aren’t vaccinated or are partially vaccinated (you have one dose), you:
- won’t be able to stay in the indoor spaces of these businesses
- can book your appointment now at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine