Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

You will need to provide your proof of vaccination, your active medical exemption or your participation in a Health Canada approved covid 19 vaccine trial, along with your valid ID to access some businesses and settings.

Overview

You will need to provide your proof of vaccination, your active medical exemption, or your participation in a Health Canada approved Covid-19 vaccine trial, along with your valid ID to access some businesses and settings.

Your proof of vaccination is your enhanced vaccine certificate with an official QR code, sometimes called a vaccine record. Your enhanced vaccine certificate is the most secure and convenient way to store and show your proof of vaccination status.

You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received:

  • the full series of a covid 19 vaccine 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 vaccine 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

In settings that require proof of vaccination, you must present an enhanced vaccine certificate with a  QR code. Businesses and organizations will scan the QR code using the Verify Ontario app. The enhanced vaccine certificate is a more secure and convenient way to have your proof of vaccination verified. Vaccine receipts without a QR code are no longer accepted.

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

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 enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code to your phone or print a paper copy. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions.

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 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 (enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code) and ID to enter indoor areas of:

  • sports and recreational fitness facilities for athletes training for Olympics and Paralympics, select professional and elite amateur sport leagues and persons with disabilities for physical therapy)

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 including conference centres or convention centres (with limited exemptions)
  • outdoor facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and personal physical fitness training (with limited exemptions)
  • outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • outdoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues

When proof of vaccination is not required

You do not have to show your proof of vaccination certificate, proof of medical exemption or proof of participation in a vaccine trial if you are:

  • 12 years and (84 days) 12 weeks of age or younger
  • 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

Get your enhanced vaccine certificate

Step 1: get your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code

Using your enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code will make entering businesses and organizations more secure and convenient.

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

Find out how to get your enhanced vaccine certificate.

Online

You can download your enhanced vaccine certificate 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.

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 and they will email a secure URL through which individuals can access their vaccine certificate.

If you don't have any health card

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.

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 must provide your enhanced vaccine certificate with a valid QR code.

Vaccine receipts without a QR code are no longer accepted as valid proof of vaccination.

 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

While verification by scanning of QR codes is now mandatory, nine First Nations communities are excluded from this requirement. Members of these communities are still permitted to show their vaccine receipt and a form of ID. They are:

  • Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing
  • Big Grassy First Nation
  • Lac La Croix First Nation
  • Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • Mitaanjigamiing First Nation
  • Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation
  • Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation
  • Rainy River First Nation
  • Seine River First Nation

Personal identification

Businesses or organizations will need to verify your identification as well as verify your proof of vaccination, your medical exemption or your proof of participation in a COVID- 19 vaccine trial. 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 19vaccine out of province, contact your local public health unit to register your information and receive proper documentation. They will verify and record 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 recorded, you will be able to obtain an enhanced 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.

Visiting Ontario

If you are visiting from outside of Ontario, you need a proof of vaccination in the form of QR code documents to enter settings where proof of vaccination is required for patrons.

The Verify Ontario app can scan QR codes from other Canadian government issuers and will be able to scan QR codes from approved jurisdictions outside Canada in the future.  

Patrons without a valid QR vaccine certificate will not be allowed to enter those settings.

Extended visit

If you are on an extended visit or moving to Ontario, (regardless of where you have received your vaccinations) you can:

  1. Register your vaccines through your local public health unit.
  2. Once vaccinations are registered with the public health unit, you will be given a COVID ID number (this is a unique number that you can use to access your enhanced vaccine certificate).
  3. Once you have received an ID number, you can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre (PVCC) at 1-833-943-3900 to request an enhanced vaccine certificate (open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and capable of providing assistance in more than 300 languages).
  4. The Contact Centre will email you an enhanced vaccine certificate with the QR code.

Learn what it means to be fully vaccinated.

If you aren't vaccinated

If you aren’t vaccinated or are partially vaccinated (for example, you have only the first dose of a two-dose series), you:

  • won’t be able to enter businesses and organizations where proof of vaccination is required for those who are aged 12 and over
  • can book your next appointment now at ontario.ca/bookvaccine

If you are aged 5 and over, it is strongly recommended that you get vaccinated as soon as possible. Individuals aged 18 and over are also eligible to receive a booster dose three months after their second dose to add additional protection against the Omicron variant.

Medical and vaccine clinical trial exemptions

Medical exemptions

If you are unable to be fully vaccinated because you have an active medical exemption, you need to show the following two items in settings where proof of vaccination is required:

To obtain your medical exemption, you must:

  • 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 enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code through the covid 19vaccination portal

Processes may vary in different public health units. Contact your primary health provider or nurse practitioner to learn more. Complete submissions that were sent to PHUs by December 29, 2021 should be processed by PHUs before the January 10, 2022 date in which organizations and businesses that are under the provincial proof-of-vaccination system will be advised to no longer accept physician notes as valid medical exemptions.

Medical notes from other jurisdictions

Medical notes from jurisdictions other than Ontario are not eligible for this process at this time.

Individuals are recommended to see an Ontario physician or registered nurse in the extended class to have their exemption reviewed and submitted through the Ontario process.

Vaccine clinical trial exemptions

If you are unable to be fully vaccinated because you are participating in a Health Canada approved covid 19 vaccine clinical trial as specified in Ministry of Health guidance, you need to show the following items:

  • your valid personal identification
  • proof of participation in that trial by showing an enhanced vaccination certificate with official QR code updated to include the clinical trial exemption

To obtain your 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 by the public health unit, you can access your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code through the covid 19vaccination portal.

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