Certain settings require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry. This includes higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings can't always be worn. Starting Dec. 20, 2021, the province will also require proof of vaccination for youth aged 12 to 17 years participating in organized sports at recreational facilities.
Additionally, Niagara Region Public Health has issued a letter of instruction for sporting and recreational fitness facilities to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections. These instructions also require proof of vaccination for all individuals aged 12 years and older entering indoor sports and recreational sports facilities, unless they have a valid medical exemption. A vaccination policy for employees of these facilities is also required.
At this time, the province has not set a date for when proof of vaccination requirements will be lifted.
Learn how you can get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Niagara.
Beginning Jan. 4, 2022, individuals will be required to use their enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code (either digitally or through a printed copy) where proof of vaccination is required. Vaccine receipts without a QR code will no longer be valid. You must also continue to show a piece of government-issued ID that matches the name and date of birth on the vaccination certificate.
Learn how you can get your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code. If you’re still unsure, use the online provincial tool for more information. If you don’t have a health card, see our frequently asked question below for instructions on how to get your proof of vaccination.
If you don't have a health card, fill out the COVID-19 No Health Card form. If you have questions about filling out this form, call our COVID-19 Info-Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074, press 7.
Individuals can save an electronic version of their enhanced vaccine certificate to a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) or print a paper copy. These enhanced vaccine certificates contain a QR code that can be scanned by settings that require proof of vaccination to enter. You're still required to show a piece of government-issued ID with your name and date of birth that matches your vaccine certificate.
Visit your local library or go to a ServiceOntario location to have your certificate printed.
You may also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.
Yes. Individuals who use an Apple mobile device can choose to add their enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code directly to their Apple Wallet. Learn how to add you vaccine certificate to your Apple Wallet.
A person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they've received:
If you don't meet the above criteria, your QR from your enhanced vaccine certificate will not show a green check mark and will not work.
No. In Ontario, some individuals are becoming eligible for a third or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals who are eligible, a booster dose is not required for settings that require proof of vaccination to enter them. Learn who is eligible for a third dose or booster dose.
If you're a Niagara resident and received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine outside of Ontario, report your vaccines using our online form.
Once you're registered, you can use the Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to obtain your vaccination certificate.
For public settings falling under the provincial guidance, it's the discretion of the individual to determine whether they would like to disclose their vaccination status. Should they make the decision not to divulge this information, they will:
A negative COVID-19 test or recent COVID-19 infection will not entitle a person to enter these settings. Learn about the valid exemptions.
You're not required to show proof of vaccination to go indoors with the only purpose of using the washroom or making a payment.
Beginning Jan. 10, settings where proof of vaccination is required will be advised to no longer accept physician notes as proof that someone is medically exempt from COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals will be required to prove their exemption using their enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code. Learn how to get your enhanced vaccine certificate.
If you have questions about a workplace or post-secondary institution's vaccination policy, connect with the facility. These types of policies are made at the discretion of each individual employer, not by Public Health.