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Proof of vaccination to require QR code Nov. 15

As of Monday, only QR code is accepted as proof of vaccination at businesses taking part in the Restrictions Exemption Program.
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Print the code or download it onto your phone, to access venues taking part in the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP). Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Do you have your QR code, Alberta?

Alberta’s vaccine record with a QR code is now required to access venues implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP).

Previous Alberta immunization records without a QR code, including ones from vaccine providers and those saved from MyHealth Records, will no longer be accepted as proof of vaccination by the program effective Nov. 15. 

Patrons entering businesses and venues taking part in the REP will be required to show one of the following:

  • Alberta vaccine record with a QR code

  • Canadian Armed Forces vaccine record

  • First Nations immunization record

  • Vaccine records issued by other provinces and territories

  • ArriveCan app for international travellers and valid international travel identity document

  • Negative privately paid COVID-19 test from within the previous 72 hours

  • Valid proof of medical exemption

The enhanced Alberta vaccine record is available through alberta.ca/CovidRecords. Albertans can also get a printed vaccine record with QR code at no cost by visiting a registry agent office or by calling 811. Records can be printed or displayed on a phone.

"Alberta’s more secure and scannable QR code vaccine record makes it easier for Albertans to safely take part in daily activities," said Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping.

Businesses and operators can use the AB Covid Records Verifier app to confirm their patrons’ vaccination status meets the program’s requirements. Alberta’s verifier app can now scan records with QR codes issued by other provinces and territories. Currently, other provinces and territories are testing using their apps to scan Alberta’s vaccine records.

If it is not possible to scan a vaccine record, a business or organization must do a visual check of the record to ensure the patron has received the correct number of doses at least 14 days earlier.

The record can be printed, saved by taking a screenshot or downloaded on a phone. It can also be added to the Apple Wallet and the QR code can be added as a loyalty card on Google Pay.

Anyone who has missing or incorrect information on their vaccine record or problems accessing it, can go to alberta.ca/CovidRecordsHelp.