Today, the Government of British Columbia announced that proof of vaccination will be required in British Columbia for people attending certain non-essential social and recreational gatherings and events. The new order will come into effect September 13, 2021 and serves as an effort to continue increasing the vaccination rate across the province and to provide confidence to fully vaccinated people that those around them are also fully vaccinated.
What to know about the BC proof of vaccination?
- As of September 13, one dose of vaccine will be required for entry to a broad range of social, recreational, and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province.
- By October 24, entry to these settings will require people to be fully vaccinated at least seven days following the second dose.
- To enter certain spaces, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining in restaurants, fitness centres, casinos, and indoor organized events, like conferences and weddings, people aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination.
What to know about the BC proof of vaccination specific to post-secondary?
- The measures set out today by the Province will, as relevant, apply to post-secondary campuses.
- Student housing will be a part of the Public Health Order identifying where proof of vaccination is required and will be in effect for September 7.
- Further guidance for these settings related to students will be developed in the coming days in consultation with public health, including which types of student housing facilities will be included.
A secure weblink will be provided and publicized before September 13, where people will be able to confidentially access their proof of vaccination. Individuals will be able to save a copy of their proof of vaccination to their phone and show it when entering or using designated businesses and events. Individuals who cannot access their proof of vaccination online will be provided with a secure alternative option.
Read the announcement from the Government of British Columbia, including the full list of settings where proof of vaccination will be required.
BCIT continues to work with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training on post-secondary specific guidelines to evolve our campus safety plans to ensure the safety of our community. These updates are expected this week, and will be shared as soon as they are available.
As a reminder, the BCIT Burnaby Campus vaccination site is open to anyone ages 12+ for drop-in vaccines. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, or it’s time for your second dose (at least 28 days since your first dose), drop in within our appointment to get your vaccine or find a location near you: fraserhealth.ca/vax.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.
Director, Safety, Security and Emergency Management