Vaccination card – Direction for military members

Master Sailor Jamie McCurry holds up his military vaccine card after receiving his shot. Photo by Sailor First Class Mike Goluboff, Imagery Technician

Master Sailor Jamie McCurry holds up his military vaccine card after receiving his shot. Photo by Sailor First Class Mike Goluboff, Imagery Technician

Canadian Forces Health Services and the BC Ministry of Health have agreed on a valid Proof of Vaccination for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members. They will not require CAF members to obtain a separate BC Vaccine Card when the province implements this requirement on Sept. 13. 

Acceptable vaccination ID – CAF members only

Vaccinated CAF members can use their CAF ID (NDI 10 & 20) and CF Health Services COVID-19 vaccination wallet cards going forward as proof of vaccination in BC. There will be no need for vaccinated CAF members to submit records into the BC provincial immunization registry nor to obtain the BC Vaccine Card. This applies to both Regular and Reserve Force members who have been vaccinated by CF Health Services (CFHS).

Accepting CAF ID

The Province of BC has added this guidance to their provincial website and will advise the BC business sector in its formal direction on the rollout of the BC Vaccine Card.

BC will be the third province to implement a proof of vaccination requirement to access non-essential provincial services.

Quebec and Manitoba, the two provinces who have already implemented their vaccine card, have confirmed that the CAF proof of vaccination will be accepted. As each province is establishing its own policies and on separate timelines, CAF members leaving BC should research the provincial government website of their destination province, prior to departure.

Differing provincial vaccination cards

CAF members who have received vaccination from a CF Health Services Centre outside of BC will have a different vaccination card. These will also be accepted when accompanied with an official CAF ID.

The province has also been made aware that due to the pandemic, many CAF members’ NDI 20 are currently expired, but that these remain valid at this time.

Maritime Forces Pacific personnel who were provided COVID-19 vaccines by the CF Health Services Centre but have misplaced their proof of vaccination card should contact via email, the immunization section at esqclinicimmunization@forces.gc.ca.

Clinicians will be able to verify vaccination within the CF Health Information System and will produce vaccine documentation with appropriate information for pick-up.

At this time, proof of vaccination from different locations cannot be combined onto one card. Members are asked to not come to the clinic without emailing prior, as Clinic staff may be seeing patients and will not be able to produce the vaccine card immediately.

These CAF proof of vaccination cards should be carried and secured in the same fashion as other important cards.

The following website is publicly available and confirms the information about CAF personnel: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html#caf

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