B.C. officials are currently investigating suspicious activity in the province's immune registry system.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a press briefing on Tuesday (Dec. 14) that the province is actively looking into suspicious vaccine records in the system.
Starting the week of Dec. 14, the B.C. government will begin mailing letters to approximately 1,715 people who have tried to submit their personal vaccine records into the Provincial Immunization Registry without successful uploads.
"Letters will be personally addressed and will encourage them to get vaccinated at the earliest opportunity," said the health minister. "Records entered into the registry are reviewed using strict processes to prevent fraud and to ensure that people who are entered into the provincial system have been vaccinated.
"Records that are submitted and are suspected to be fraudulent are reported to law enforcement."
There are a "small number" of records that cannot be entered into the system due to a variety of issues or errors, noted Dix. The Provincial Health Services Authority will continue to work with people who have been unable to submit their records.
To receive a BC Vaccine Card or federal proof of vaccination, you must have a full course of a Health Canada-approved vaccine (i.e., both doses of a two-dose series or one dose of Janssen).
The news follows the announcement that 44 cases of the new Omicron variant have been identified in the province.
Under the worst-case scenario modelled by the government, B.C. could see more than 2,000 daily cases by the end of the month. That figure would see hospitalizations rise to the previous daily maximum last spring, threatening to overwhelm health facilities.
To submit or update a COVID-19 immunization record, follow the B.C. government's online submission guide.