Enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes.

Now, 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.

Businesses and organizations can use the app to scan the QR codes on province-issued vaccine certificates. After the code is scanned, a green checkmark will appear indicating a valid vaccine certificate, a red X for an invalid certificate or a yellow warning for a QR that cannot be read.

Customers do not need to download an app. 

You only need the QR code from the provincial vaccination portal.

 

The portal is now 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.

The 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.

 

 

Where proof of vaccination is required

Indoor

  • 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

  • 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

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 
  • the time-period for the medical exemption

    Get your vaccine certificate

    Step 1: get your vaccine certificate with QR code

    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 don’t 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 

    You can contact your public health unit to have your identity verified and get a (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

    In Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph:

    Submit Out-of-Province Vaccination Information to Public Health

    Use this to send your out-of-province vaccination documents to WDG Public Health, so they can update your Ontario vaccination record. It may take several days to be validated then included on your Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Receipt.

    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.