Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Proof of vaccination is an important protective measure that safeguards the public as a condition for providing service.


Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required in New Brunswick

As of September 22, 2021, everyone 12 and older must show:

  • proof of vaccination or medical exemption certificate
  • a government issued identification 

to access certain events, services, and businesses.

COVID-19 vaccines have positively impacted individuals and communities, enabling both an increase in social and economic activity.  Vaccines have a long history of being required for travel, to attend public school and to work in certain industries, such as healthcare.


Where you will need proof of vaccination

Proof of vaccination allows people age 12 and up who are adequately protected or who have a clinical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccines available to be admitted to certain locations and certain non-essential activities where the risk of transmission is high. These include:

  • Indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events
  • Indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs and bars
  • Nightclubs, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys and casinos
  • Movie theatres
  • Gyms, indoor group exercise, indoor pools and recreation facilities
  • Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities
  • Visiting a long-term care facility

Accepted proof of vaccination

  • MyHealthNB (Vaccination status or Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination)
  • Immunization record from an RHA clinic, pharmacy, Public Health or MyHealthNB
  • Photo or copy of an immunization record
  • Proof of vaccination from another jurisdiction 
  • Medical exemption certificate

You will need to show government issued identification along with your proof of vaccination. i.e.  driver’s license, Medicare card, birth certificate, government ID, etc.

A previous COVID-19 infection or a negative COVID-19 test result can not be used as proof of vaccination.


Medical exemption from proof of vaccination

If you cannot receive a vaccine because of a medical exemption you will be required to show proof of your exemption signed by a healthcare provider.

What is required for a medical exemption from proof of vaccination?

A New Brunswick Medical Exemption form signed by a physician or nurse practitioner licensed in New Brunswick is accepted as meeting the proof of vaccination policy. A note written on a prescription pad is not accepted as an exemption form.

The Department of Health has provided direction on the criteria to be used for a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination to New Brunswick physicians and nurse practitioners.

A medical exemption letter from another province or territory is accepted if the following three conditions are met:

  • Documented on an official exemption form or letter used in that jurisdiction
  • Signed by a physician or nurse practitioner licensed in that jurisdiction
  • Proof of being a resident of that same jurisdiction.   

A medical exemption for a resident from another country is accepted with the following two conditions:

  • A valid government-issued identification document from the country
  • The record of medical exemption that the person was required to provide to enter Canada.

Federal proof of vaccination for travellers

The new Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination document, which includes a QR code, is now available on MyHealthNB.

This document uses the federal standard format adopted across Canada, which is accepted by Canada Border Services Agency and ArriveCAN. It provides New Brunswickers who are travelling to jurisdictions that are using QR codes with a reliable way to show they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

It is recommended that people travelling internationally verify the travel requirements for their destination well in advance. Each country has its own regulations about what type of vaccination proof is required, the types of vaccines accepted, the number of doses required and any exemptions to public health measures.

When using the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, it is recommended that you download the full PDF document, save the QR code as a JPG image file to your device and print a paper copy. This will ensure your destination is able to validate that your vaccination requirements have been met, regardless of whether they use a verifier application to scan the document.

Within New Brunswick, the original paper immunization record, a photograph or digital copy of the immunization record or the digital vaccination status on MyHealthNB will continue to be used for proof of vaccination, along with a valid government ID.

See COVID-19: Proof of Vaccination in Canada for federal guidance on travel requirements outside of New Brunswick.


Information for businesses and organizations

What businesses and organizations need to verify proof of vaccinations?

Businesses and organizations in the following areas or offering the following services will need to verify proof of vaccination from all patrons, customers and participants.

  • Indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events
  • Indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs, and bars
  • Nightclubs, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys and casinos
  • Movie theatres
  • Gyms, indoor group exercise, indoor pools, and recreation facilities
  • Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities
  • Long-term care facilities


Will my business need to keep records or collecting information?

There will be no collection of information or keeping of records.


Can a business be fined? 

Yes. Failing to comply with the requirement to check vaccination status of patrons or their exemption is an offence and is subject to fines from an enforcement officer.

 

What are the fines?

These offences would be a Category B offence under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act with fines ranging from $172.50 to $772.50 (these include a 20% victim surcharge and a $4.50 administrative fee.)


How will this be monitored to ensure people and businesses are complying?

Enforcement officers can randomly visit the locations listed in the regulation to confirm compliance with the regulation.


Who can I reach out to if I have other questions?

Business owners with questions about the rules may contact the Business Navigators at 1-833-799-7966 or nav@navnb.ca.

More information is available on Opportunities New Brunswick’s website

Proof of vaccination required here (PDF)

Last updated September 2021


FAQs

What is the definition of being fully vaccinated to meet the proof of vaccination policy?

You are considered fully vaccinated to meet the proof of vaccination policy if you have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada:

  • Two doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca (including COVISHIELD) or any combination of such vaccines, OR
  • One dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Individuals who have one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada are considered fully vaccinated to meet the proof of vaccination policy if they have:

  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (e.g. Sputnik, Covaxin, Sputnik, Sinopharm, Sinovac, CoronaVac) AND one dose of a mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech)


Can people be fined for not complying or providing false documentation?

Providing false proof of vaccination or a false vaccination exemption is an offence and is subject to fines from an enforcement officer.


What are the fines?

These offences would be a Category B offence under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act with fines ranging from $172.50 to $772.50 (these include a 20% victim surcharge and a $4.50 administrative fee.)


Will businesses be keeping records or collecting my personal information?

There will be no collection of information or keeping of records.
 

I’ve lost my Record of Immunization, how do I get a new one?

If you have lost your Record of COVID-19 Immunization and you require a replacement copy, you may view and print your Record of COVID-19 Immunization online through MyHealthNB. Please note that it may take up to five business days after your vaccination appointment for immunization records to be processed and appear in MyHealthNB.

If you already created a MyHealthNB account, log in to access your COVID-19 vaccinations. If you do not have access to your COVID-19 information on MyHealthNB, you can add access using a registration code (see options below).

Horizon or Vitalité COVID-19 vaccination and testing appointments continue to provide registration codes to allow individuals 16 or older to register for a MyHealthNB account and securely access their COVID-19 information. 

 

If you do not have a registration code and received at least one COVID-19 vaccine in New Brunswick, you can now register or add access to view your COVID-19 information using your vaccination details. More information is available on the COVID-19 vaccination website.

Parents/Guardians may also access a child’s COVID-19 information, by adding the child to their own account. The child must be under 16, have a New Brunswick Medicare number, and a registration code.

If you are unable to access MyHealthNB and received both your immunizations at the same pharmacy, contact the pharmacy to request a replacement copy.


Proof of vaccination samples

The following items may be shown from your online immunization record in MyHealthNB.

For convenience, and to avoid delays, we strongly recommend that you print and/or take a screen capture of required documents in advance of travel and keep these for ongoing use.

MyHealthNB status - Verified

A quick way to show your proof of vaccination at New Brunswick locations to access non-essential services. A verified green checkmark proves that vaccinations recorded in the provincial immunization registry meet the vaccination requirements in New Brunswick.

MyHealthNB status - Unable to verify

A quick way to show your proof of vaccination at New Brunswick locations to access non-essential services.

MyHealthNB status

A PDF copy of your online record of COVID-19 immunization can be used as an alternative or replacement to the paper original you received when vaccinated.

Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination

A federal standard document issued in New Brunswick that includes a verifiable QR code. This document is a reliable way to show your vaccination history when travelling internationally.