Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

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


You must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 covid 19and 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.


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-19covid 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-19covid 19 vaccine not authorized by Health followed by one dose of a COVID-19covid 19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada

  • three doses of a COVID-19covid 19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada

  • your final dose of the COVID-19covid 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


You can now get an 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.


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-19covid 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-19covid 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