People in Manitoba who are fully vaccinated can now apply to receive a pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential (PVC), which can be used when travelling domestically or internationally, Central Services Minister Reg Helwer and Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon announced today.
“Manitoba is a leader in this critical area, offering the first secure immunization card in the country which has allowed our province to safely reopen, keep our schools, businesses and places of worship open, protect our hospitals and health-care staff, and has provided additional benefits to fully vaccinated Manitobans,” said Helwer. “The addition of the national credential is an important next step to support the safe resumption of travel within Canada and abroad for those who are fully vaccinated.”
The pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential uses a QR code that will be recognized across the country, Helwer noted. Individuals who currently have a Manitoba immunization card or are eligible for one can visit https://immunizationcard.Manitoba.ca to request their PVC. It will then be emailed as a PDF, which can be printed or available digitally.
“More than 83 per cent of eligible Manitobans are now fully vaccinated and eligible to apply for their Manitoba and pan-Canadian immunization QR codes,” said Gordon. “In the fourth wave, it remains vital for even more Manitobans to get their first and second doses to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves and those they care about against the virus.”
The ministers noted the provincial government strongly recommends people continue to use Manitoba’s immunization card while in the province. The PVC includes more information, such as date of birth, date of immunization and the brand of vaccine received. Manitoba’s immunization card contains no personal health information, which better protects privacy.
Manitoba’s immunization card app will be updated in November to include the PVC. At that time, people using the app will be able to toggle between them and choose which to present to a venue or business. The province’s verifier app will also be updated in November to read the QR codes on the national credential. This means businesses and other venues will not have to change the way they check immunization status as the federal card becomes more widely used. In the interim, Manitobans travelling in the first weeks of November can visit https://immunizationcard.Manitoba.ca to request a PDF version of the PVC, which will be sent by email.
For more information or to apply in Manitoba, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization-record.html. For more information about the PVC, including where it can be used, visit: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-covid-19-proof-vaccination.html.
(Province of MB News Release)