BC Vaccine Card

Following directives of BC Public Health, proof of vaccination using the BC Vaccine Card is now required to access certain non-essential activities, events and businesses at SFU.

Last updated: September 21, 2021

How proof of vaccination works

Proof of Vaccination is one of the many layers of protection SFU has in place to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of the community this fall. It is our responsibility to understand the guidelines in place so that we can all do our part to keep ourselves and each other safe. 

Where proof of vaccination IS REQUIRED

At SFU, proof of vaccination is required for anyone aged 12 and older to access non-essential activities and events including:

  • convocation and convocation related events
  • restaurants that offer table service (eg. The Study pub)
  • indoor ticketed concerts, theatre, dance, symphony, sporting events, and movie theatres with more than 50 people
  • indoor non-essential events with more than 50 people (e.g., clubs, social events, conferences)
  • indoor gyms, exercise facilities/studios, recreational facilities
  • indoor organized group exercise or recreational classes and activities
  • indoor varsity events

Proof of vaccination is also required for students living in Residence & Housing.


  • You must be vaccinated with one dose by September 13, 2021
  • You must be fully vaccinated by October 24, 2021
  • If you live in Residence & Housing, you must be fully vaccinated by September 23, 2021.

How do I show proof of vaccination?

You must show your BC Vaccine Card plus one piece of government-issued ID or SFU ID, if the event is hosted by SFU. 

You can present your BC Vaccine Card on your smartphone or as a print out.

Where do I get a BC Vaccine Card?

Visit the Proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card page of the Province of BC website. The site also includes information on how to get the card if you were vaccinated outside of the province or country.

How long will proof of vaccination be in place?

Until the Public Health Order expires. Currently it is set to expire on January 31, 2022 and may be extended.

How will my information be accessed and shared?  

We will scan your BC Vaccine Card using the BC Vaccine Verifier app, which is the same app being used by restaurants, businesses and events across the province to verify vaccination status. We will only see your full name and whether you are fully vaccinated, which is the minimum information required to verify your status.

We will not keep a record of your vaccination status unless you live in Student Housing. In Student Housing, by Order of the Provincial Health Officer we are required to keep a record of residents who do not provide proof of vaccination by September 23, 2021.

Learn more on the BC Vaccine Card page of the Government of BC Website.

When proof of vaccination is not required

  • essential SFU academic, research and services
    • classrooms
    • teaching and research labs
    • computer labs
    • libraries
    • academic events (e.g. thesis defenses, seminars)
    • workplace meetings and workshops
    • advising/counselling appointments
    • SFU sponsored events to support students (e.g. orientation, mentorship)
    • swimming pools (unless it’s the location of an event)
  • outdoor events (e.g., outdoor varsity events, outdoor external rentals)
  • indoor non-essential events with less than 50 people (e.g., social events, conferences)
  • worship services
  • retail locations (Bookstore/Spirit Shop)
  • campus cafeterias (eg. Dining Hall, Mackenzie Café), coffee shops, food courts and restaurant take-out

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