Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

You must be fully vaccinated against covid 19 and provide proof of identification and covid 19 vaccination to access certain businesses and settings.

Overview

As of September 22, you must provide proof of full vaccination against covid 19 and personal identification to access certain businesses and settings.

Your proof of vaccination is your vaccine receipt or enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code, sometimes called a vaccine passport or vaccine record.

In advance of October 22, you can download an enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code. We encourage you to download and use your QR code as soon as you can.

The existing vaccine receipts will continue to serve as valid proof of vaccination even when the enhanced QR code version comes into effect.

You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received:

  • the full series of a covid 19 authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines (two doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, including covishield) in any combination or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • 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
  • your final dose of the covid 19 at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.

Find out what vaccines are authorized by Health Canada.

If you are not yet fully vaccinated, book your appointment now at ontario.ca/bookvaccine.

Enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes

Beginning October 15, you can get a new, enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code that businesses and organizations can scan using the Verify Ontario app. The enhanced vaccine certificate is an easier and more convenient way to have your proof of vaccination verified.

You do not need to download an app. You only need the QR code from the provincial vaccine portal.

Starting October 18 at 6:00 a.m., the portal will open for any individual to download your enhanced vaccine certificate, regardless of your birth month. You can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to you.

You can save the electronic version of your vaccine certificate with a QR code to your phone or print a paper copy. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions.

Although the current vaccine receipt without a QR code remains valid and will continue to be accepted,you are encouraged to download your enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code as an easier, more secure and convenient way to have your proof of vaccination verified.

You will need to continue to show a piece of identification with your name and date of birth along with your proof of vaccination when visiting select businesses and organizations.

Where proof of vaccination is required

Have your vaccine certificate or receipt and your ID ready when entering a business or organization.

Businesses and organizations are required to check that your name and date of birth on your proof of vaccination matches your ID.

Indoor

You must show your proof of vaccination and ID to enter indoor areas of:

  • restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities
  • food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs, restoclubs and other similar establishments, and outdoor areas of these establishments
  • meeting and event spaces (with limited exceptions)
  • facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities and personal physical fitness training (with limited exemptions), including:
    • gyms
    • fitness, sporting and recreational facilities
    • pools
    • leagues
    • sporting events
    • waterparks
    • indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events
  • casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
  • horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues
  • commercial film and TV productions where there is a studio audiences

Outdoor

You must show your proof of vaccination and ID to enter:

  • any of the following outdoor areas that have a normal capacity of 20,000 or more people:
    • outdoor meeting and event spaces (with limited exemptions)
    • outdoor facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and personal physical fitness training (with limited exemptions)
      • Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events
    • outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • outdoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues
  • outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs, restoclubs and other similar establishments, and indoor areas of these establishments

When you don’t need to show it

Exemptions

You do not have to show proof of vaccination if you are:

  • under age 12
  • under age 18 and entering the indoor premises of an indoor sports or recreational fitness facility solely for the purpose of actively to participating in an organized sport
  • entering a business temporarily to:
    • use a washroom
    • access an outdoor area that you can only get to by going indoors
    • make a retail purchase
    • place, pick up or pay for an order
    • make a bet or pick up winnings at a racing track
    • purchase admission
  • entering the business for health and safety purposes

Medical exemptions

If you are unable to be fully vaccinated for a medical reason, you need to show a written document from a physician or nurse practitioner.

It must include:

  • the name and contact information of the physician or nurse practitioner who wrote the note (for example, phone number and address)
  • a logo or letterhead identifying the physician or nurse practitioner
  • a statement that there is a medical reason for your exemption for being fully vaccinated against covid 19
  • the time-period for the medical exemption

Participation in a covid 19 clinical trial

If you are participating in a covid 19 clinical trial authorized by Health Canada and specified in Ministry of Health guidance, you must provide both:

  • identification
  • documentation stating that you are currently participating in a clinical trial, including:
    • a completed “Statement of Exemption due to Participation in a covid 19 Clinical Trial” form signed by the principal investigator and study participant (available through the clinical trial organizer)
    • documentation from the principal investigator with your first and last name, date of birth and information about the clinical trial

Get your vaccine certificate

Step 1: get your vaccine certificate with QR code

Enhanced vaccine certificates with a QR code will be available starting October 15 and will be initially available in stages based on your birth month.

Using a vaccine certificate with a QR code is not required, but it will make entering businesses and organizations easier and more convenient. You can continue to use your vaccine receipt even after vaccine certificates with a QR code are available.

If you’re not sure how to get your vaccine certificate with a QR code, you can use our online tool to help you.

Find out how to get your vaccine certificate.

Online

You can download your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code from Ontario’s vaccination portal. To log in securely, you 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)

Get my certificate

By phone

If you do not have a computer, a photo health card, or need help, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to request a copy of your vaccine certificate by email or mail.

If you have a red and white health card

Call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 and they will email a secure URL through which individuals can access their vaccine certificate.

If you don’t have any health card or a covid ID

You can contact your public health unit to have your identity verified and get a covid ID (a unique number assigned to you by your public health unit in place of an Ontario health card number to obtain a copy of your vaccine certificate). You can then call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 and the contact center agent can email you a secure URL to access your vaccine receipt.

If you don’t have a computer, 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

Step 2: save or print

After you've logged in, you can:

  • save a digital copy of your receipt to your device
  • save a screenshot to your device
  • print a paper copy

Types of proof of vaccination and ID you can use

Proof of vaccination

You can provide either a paper or electronic version of your vaccine certificate with a QR code, or a paper or electronic version of the PDF vaccination receipt that includes your:

  • name
  • date of vaccination
  • brand of vaccine

You can use a digital or printed receipt you received from:

  • the clinic when you got your second dose (given to you in person or emailed to you)
  • Ontario’s provincial vaccination portal or Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre
  • another jurisdiction
  • an Indigenous Health Provider (must be signed)
  • Canadian Armed Forces

You must:

  • not alter the appearance of your receipt. Vaccine certificates can be laminated but it may impact the readability of QR code
  • ensure that any information you provide is complete and accurate

Personal identification

Businesses or organizations will need to verify your identification and compare it against your proof of vaccination. Photo ID is not required.

Your ID must include your:

  • name
  • date of birth

Examples of identification that you may use include:

  • birth certificate
  • driver’s license
  • government (Ontario or other) issued identification card
  • passport
  • citizenship card
  • permanent resident (PR) card
  • Indian Status Card or Indigenous Membership Card

If you received 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. They will verify and register your vaccination records in CovaxON. If you do not have an Ontario health card, they can provide you with a unique pass code called a covid ID.

Once registered, you will be able to obtain a vaccine certificate through the provincial portal at COVID-19 vaccination provincial portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre (PVCC) at 1-833-943-3900. The contact center agent can email you a secure URL so you can access your vaccine certificate.

Proof of vaccination may also include a vaccination receipt from another jurisdiction that shows the holder is fully vaccinated against covid.

Visiting Ontario

If you are visiting from outside of Ontario and have proof of vaccination from another province, territory or country, it is valid if it shows the you are fully vaccinated against covid.

Learn what it means to be fully vaccinated.

If you aren’t vaccinated

If you aren’t vaccinated or are partially vaccinated (you have one dose), you:

  • won’t be able to enter businesses and organizations where proof of vaccination is required
  • can book your next appointment now at ontario.ca/bookvaccine

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