Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Ontario's vaccine certificate with QR code is an electronic record of your COVID-19 vaccination.

About proof of vaccination

If you received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario, you will be able to download a vaccine certificate with QR code. Your vaccine certificate is an electronic record of your COVID-19 vaccination, including information about each dose, which can serve as a personal health record and/or proof of vaccination.

Ontario no longer requires businesses and organizations to check for proof of vaccination. However, individual businesses and organizations may choose to require proof of vaccination upon entry, providing the requirements or policies comply with all applicable privacy laws, including the Ontario Human Rights Code. Businesses may choose to seek independent legal advice on continuing these measures on a voluntary basis.

Individuals may also be required to show proof of vaccination when travelling within and outside of Canada. Ontario’s definition of fully vaccinated may differ from what is required for international travel.

Check applicable requirements at your destination and with your airline, railway company or travel agent. You may also find more information on travel requirements from the Government of Canada.

Getting vaccinated and staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from severe outcomes from COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated

You are considered fully vaccinated in Ontario if you have received:

  • the full primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines (two doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Novavax, Medicago, AstraZeneca, including COVISHIELD) in any combination or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson); or
  • a full or partial primary series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine plus any additional recommended doses of a Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine to complete the primary series; and
  • your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated

Individuals should receive all recommended doses (including booster doses) to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Visit the Recommended Doses guidance to see if you are up to date.

How to get proof of vaccination

If you have a green photo (OHIP) health card

You can download your vaccine certificate from Ontario's vaccination portal. To log in securely, you need:

  • 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)

If you do not have a computer or need help, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007) to request a copy of your vaccine certificate by email or mail.
You can also:

  • visit your local library to use a public computer and internet resources
  • ask a trusted friend or organization to help print a copy
  • access a ServiceOntario location

If you have a red and white health card

Call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007) and the contact centre agent can email you a secure URL to access your vaccine certificate.

If you don't have any Ontario health card

Call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007) and the contact centre agent can email you a secure URL to access your vaccine certificate.

Registering out of province vaccinations

If you received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Ontario, you should register it so you can:

  • book additional doses (if needed) in Ontario
  • be contacted if there is any clinical guidance about the vaccine you got
  • obtain an vaccination certificate with QR code that may be required to access certain settings that choose to continue to require proof of vaccination or for travel purposes

To do this, you can contact your local public health unit to verify and register your information in COVaxON.

Once recorded, you will be able to book additional doses (if needed) and obtain a vaccine certificate through the provincial portal at How to get your COVID-19 vaccine certificate or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).

If you have applied to have your out of province vaccination(s) registered with your public health unit and are waiting to have them uploaded, you can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007) to book your next vaccine appointment if you fit the following criteria:

  • your public health unit uses the provincial booking system
  • you are able to bring your out of province vaccination receipts to your vaccination appointment for validation

Medical and COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial exemptions

If you are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons or participation in a vaccine clinical trial, you may wish to obtain a vaccine certificate with this information.

To obtain a vaccine certificate for a medical exemption

Ask an Ontario physician or registered nurse in the extended class to submit your exemption request directly to the public health unit where the issuer’s practice is located.

Once your exemption is accepted and entered into COVaxON by the public health unit, you’ll be able to access your vaccine certificate with QR code through the COVID-19 vaccination portal.

Processes may vary in different public health units. Contact your primary health provider or nurse practitioner to learn more.

To obtain a vaccine certificate with a vaccine trial exemption

Your vaccine trial Principal Investigator or Study Director can submit an exemption, with your consent, directly to the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre.

Once your exemption is reviewed and entered into COVaxON  you can access your vaccine certificate with QR code through the COVID-19 vaccination portal.