As of this week, about two-thirds of Manitobans aged 12 and over receive two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The province says people who are fully vaccinated – meaning they’ve received their second dose in at least two weeks – may be granted certain privileges, but they must show proof of that status. This means that you must register to receive a digital and / or physical copy of a COVID-19 vaccination card.
Whether physical or digital, the card has a QR code that can be scanned by anyone with the province’s vaccination card app to verify your status.
The cards do not contain any other personal health information or data and only show your first and last name and the QR code.
Here are some of the most common questions about the Manitoba Immunization Card:
How to present proof of vaccination?
Manitobans can sign up for the immunization card two weeks after receiving their second dose of the vaccine.
To obtain the digital or physical card, you must create an account on the province’s website and enter the required information, including your name, date of birth, six-digit health card registration number, and nine-digit personal health information number.
If you would like to receive a physical card in the mail to the address listed on your Manitoba health card, be sure to check this box before submitting your request.
The province says there is a high demand for physical cards and that there are delays in their release.
In the meantime, you can save an image of the QR code – which will be created immediately after you complete your request – to your phone. You can also log into the province’s website to access your QR code when you need to show proof.
What can you access with the card?
Manitobans who are fully vaccinated and with proof of status can access a range of services, events and relaxed restrictions that are otherwise not currently available.
The cards exempt Manitobans traveling to other provinces from the self-isolation requirement demands upon their return.
You also don’t need to isolate yourself if you are in close contact with someone with COVID-19, as long as you don’t have symptoms.
the province also announced on June 23 that fully immunized residents will be able to dine indoors with members of different households and visit loved ones who are also fully immunized in personal care homes and hospitals.
They will also be able to attend large-scale outdoor sporting and artistic events approved by Manitoba Public Health, including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers home opener on August 5.
On July 14, the province announced that Manitobans with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will also be able to visit museums, galleries or bingo halls, as well as casinos and cinemas when they reopen.
However, the card does not allow fully vaccinated Manitobans to do everything.
What can’t the card do for you?
There has been some confusion at airports as to what type of proof of vaccination Manitobans should provide.
The vaccination card is not recognized outside the province. In order to prove that you are vaccinated in other parts of the country, you must have a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine records via Shared Health.
Fully vaccinated people in the province must also comply with public health orders, including wearing masks in indoor public places and not congregating in larger groups than those currently allowed.
What about children under 12?
The province says young people between the ages of 12 and 17, who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, will need their own vaccination cards.
They can create their own account and apply for their card, or a parent or guardian can apply on their behalf.
In this case, the young person will receive the physical card, but the adult who requested the card on behalf of the child will have the digital card in their account.
Because there is currently no COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada for children under 12, they will be treated as if they have the immunization status of the parent or caregiver. at that time, depending on the province.
How is the card different from a vaccination record?
The province says a vaccination record, which is different from the COVID-19 vaccination card, is a personal medical record used in the health system.
Your immunization record can be used by health care providers and used as proof of immunization to visit personal care homes and hospitals.
The COVID-19 vaccination card, on the other hand, which only shows your name and the scannable QR code, is only used as proof of vaccination for non-medical services, like eating out or going to the movies.