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We asked: Have you used your BC Vaccine Card yet?

Over 2.2 million British Columbians have signed up for the province's "vaccine passport" - but how many have had to use it?
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Proof of vaccination via the BC Vaccine Card is required at certain businesses and events in British Columbia as of Sept. 13, 2021.

British Columbia's "vaccine passport," formally known as the BC Vaccine Card, went into effect on Monday, Sept. 13. 

While proof of at least one shot of an approved coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination is now required to access select discretionary businesses and events province-wide, multiple kinds of businesses and venues do not. That means many people's day-to-day lives do not involve needing to show the BC Vaccine Card QR code, or, for the time being, a paper vaccination card issued by a health authority.

The BC Vaccine Card has been largely well-received in the province, with more than 2.2 million people in the province having obtained their cards since the program was announced Sept. 7. On Sept. 13, many first-time users reported the experience was seamless when arriving to eat at restaurants or to enter their gym. 

As of Sept. 16, 86.3% (3,998,779) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 78.8% (3,652,033) received their second dose., the B.C. Ministry of Health reported Thursday. 

Paper health authority vaccine cards will be accepted, with government-issued photo ID, until Sept. 26. Starting Oct. 24, people looking to access certain businesses and events will need to have proof of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The B.C. government's Vaccine Card website explains what non-B.C. residents must provide in place of the BC Vaccine Card. Masks remain mandatory in all indoor public spaces under a public health officer order for the time being. 

We polled 766 Vancouver Is Awesome readers and asked the question: Have you used your BC Vaccine Card yet?

The poll ran from 9/14/2021 to 9/25/2021. Of the 766 votes, we can determine that 434 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Yes - on my cellphone or printed out from the BC Vaccine Card site 52.53 % local, 46.74 % total    
No, but I showed my paper vaccine card from my health authority 2.07 % local, 3.26 % total    
No, I have one but haven't had to show it yet 32.49 % local, 33.68 % total    
I have not registered for my BC Vaccine Card 4.15 % local, 4.96 % total    
I will not be getting a BC Vaccine Card 8.53 % local, 11.36 % total    
  Local   Total

This result provides for a 95% confidence level +/- 3.54% margin of error in the local community.

Vancouver Is Awesome uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.

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