Manitoba is currently the leading province in terms of the number of administered vaccinations. If you are one of these amazing Manitobans who have had their two COVID-19 shots and are wondering whether you need a vaccination card, read on.
What is a vaccination card?
A vaccination or immunization card is proof that you are fully immunized. Being fully immunized means that you have taken two doses of Canada-approved vaccines which are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZenica, and Johnson & Johnson.
This proof can be a physical card or in a digital form. The digital card can be retrieved from your mobile device automatically. It consists of your first and last names and a QR code. This QR code can be scanned with the Manitoba Immunization Card app and show that you are fully vaccinated. The physical card will contain the same information. If you request for a physical card, it should arrive in the mail within two weeks.
It’s important to note that anyone with a Manitoba Immunization card app will be able to scan your card. Your name will be displayed so that your identity can be confirmed. The card will not show personal health information and data. It will only show that you are fully vaccinated.
Why should I get a vaccination card? What will I use it for?
At this time, Manitoba has no plans to restrict people from accessing public services if they are not vaccinated. However, Manitobans who can prove they’ve been fully vaccinated are allowed expanded visits at health-care facilities, including hospitals and personal care homes, and also don’t have to quarantine for two weeks after returning home from outside the province.
The cards may also be required to determine access to major sporting events, museums and other facilities. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have already said proof of immunization will be required to get into IG Field this summer (Global News).
How to request for an immunization card
You can now can now access your immunization record online if you’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine. To request for an immunization card, you must:
- Have a Manitoba health card
- Have all required doses of the vaccine (two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zenica)
- Wait 14 days after getting your last dose of vaccine
Go online to request your card. You have to create an account and provide the following information: email address, name, birthdate, health card registration number and Personal Health Information Number (PHIN). You can also call 11-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) and follow the call centre prompts to request your immunization card.
Those who have problems getting their vaccination card because of discrepancies in their health information can fill out an online form or call 11-844-MAN-VACC.
If you had your vaccine in another province or outside of Canada, you will need to get a record of your vaccination from the jurisdiction you received it. Once you have your record, use the online form to submit it or call your local public health office so that they can update your records. You can then request for your vaccine card online or over the phone.
Those who do not have an email address or Manitoba Health Card may call their public health office for help.
Source: Immunization Cards and Immunization Records, Province of Manitoba; and Problems getting your vaccination card, Manitoba? Here’s how to fix it, Amy-Ellen Prentice, Global News. Accessed July 10, 2021.
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