Residents - PEI Vax Pass FAQs

What is the PEI Vax Program?

The PEI Vax Pass Program is a time-limited initiative that requires individuals 12 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination (a PEI Vax Pass) to enter some venues or attend certain events. The PEI Vax Pass will not be needed to enter essential, non-discretionary services such as grocery stores or healthcare.


Why is PEI bringing in the PEI Vax Pass Program?

PEI continues to be in a State of Public Health Emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and this time-limited initiative is intended to reduce the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks in the province. Canada is currently experiencing the 4th wave and most infectious wave of the pandemic. Across Canada, cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are increasing significantly due to the Delta variant, that spreads easily between people. Access to healthcare in other provinces has been compromised due to the surge in cases needing care. People with COVID-19 who are unvaccinated are 38 times more likely to be hospitalized compared to those who are fully vaccinated (national data as of September 27, 2021). Even though the Delta variant spreads much more easily, people who are fully vaccinated are less likely to become severely ill and need hospital care if they do get COVID-19.


How long will the PEI VAX Pass policy be in effect?

The PEI Vax Pass policy is a time-limited measure that will be lifted when the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks is minimized in PEI.


When will the PEI Vax Pass move from paper to electronic format?

The digital PEI Vax Pass, which features a unique QR code with a person’s authenticated COVID-19 record of vaccination, is now available for download through the COVID-19 Immunization Record portal. The PEI Vax Pass can also be printed. Both the paper and digital formats will be accepted at locations requiring proof of vaccination.

Businesses, services and events will soon be able to scan the QR code using the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App.


What personal information of mine is embedded within the QR code on my PEI Vax Pass?

Your PEI Vax Pass features both your COVID-19 vaccination record and a unique QR code. The QR code is unique to you only and contains the same information as your COVID-19 Immunization Record:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Dates of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Type(s) of COVID-18 vaccine you received and dose lot numbers

When your QR code is scanned using the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App only your name and whether or not you are fully vaccinated will be displayed on the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App screen. The PEI Vax Pass Verifier App will not store your personal information.


Where is the information embedded in the PEI Vax Pass QR code stored?

The information contained in the unique QR code on your PEI Vax Pass is the same information that can be found on your COVID-19 Immunization Record. This information is managed by PEI’s Chief Public Health Office.

When your QR code is scanned using the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App only your name and whether or not you are fully vaccinated will be displayed on the screen. The PEI Vax Pass Verifier App will not store your personal information.


I receive an error when I try to download my PEI Vax Pass.

If you happen to have received an error or have an issue attempting to view the PDF of your PEI Vax Pass – version for international/domestic travel or the wallet-sized version – it may be related to your browser. The self-serve COVID-19 Immunization Record portal works best when using the Chrome browser on a PC and Android mobile devices/tablets, and when using the Safari browser on Apple computers and mobile devices/tablets.


Can I laminate my PEI Vax Pass to protect it from wear and tear?

Yes, you can print and laminate your PEI Vax Pass. A more convenient wallet-size version is provided as a second download option of your PEI Vax Pass. You should ensure to have both the QR code and the record on the back side visible, should any business not be using the QR code verification technology.

It is important that you do not fold over the QR code on your PEI Vax Pass as it may not be readable using the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App.


Where do I need to show my PEI VAX Pass?

Examples of where a PEI Vax Pass or proof of vaccination is required, and is not required, can be found on this page.


When will the risk of outbreaks be minimized in Canada?

The PEI Chief Public Health Office is constantly assessing the COVID-19 situation locally, across the country, and internationally. Public health measures are adjusted to protect health care capacity in PEI while minimizing disruption to residents.


Why is it safer for people for people who are fully vaccinated to gather together?

People who are fully vaccinated are much less likely to get COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus. Also, if their immune system does encounter the virus, it is armed and ready to fight it. Studies indicate that fully vaccinated people who get COVID-19 have a shortened amount of time in which they are able to spread the illness to others. People who are fully vaccinated are 38 times less likely to need to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to unvaccinated people (national surveillance data from the Public Health Agency of Canada as of September 27, 2021).


Can other provinces/countries scan the QR code in my PEI Vax Pass?

Currently, the QR code on your PEI Vax Pass can be safely scanned using the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App. Canadian provinces and territories are working together to make it possible to scan each other’s proof of vaccination QR codes. The Proof of Vaccination (full page versions) is used for International Travel and will be accepted in all provinces.  

International Travel

The first download option of your PEI Vax Pass meets Canadian proof of vaccination standards required for international travel. The Government of Canada is working closely with other countries to ensure this standard will be widely accepted.


If a person previously had COVID-19, can they get a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine?

No. A previous diagnosis of COVID-19 (or a positive COVID-19 antibody test) does not provide a valid medical exemption. PEI recommends that individuals previously diagnosed with COVID-19 should be fully vaccinated.


Does PEI accept medical exemptions from other provinces?

No. At this time, only people with medical exemptions approved by the PEI Chief Public Health Office are accepted.


What does a medical exemption cover?

A medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine allows a person to enter events or locations that require a PEI VAX Pass. People who have received medical exemptions may be required to follow additional measures as directed by the PEI Chief Public Health Officer, such as COVID-19 testing.


Do I need to wait for 14 days after my second dose to attend non-essential activities?

The PEI Vax Pass program requires people to be fully vaccinated to enter some venues or attend certain events.

A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the full series (two doses) of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

The PEI Vax Pass is not be needed to enter essential, non-discretionary services such as grocery stores or healthcare.


Is a valid negative COVID-19 test result (taken within the last 24-hours) acceptable for entry to places that require the Vax Pass?

A negative COVID-19 test result is not an accepted alternative to providing proof of vaccination. Individuals must provide a government-issued proof of vaccination confirming that they are fully vaccinated to access businesses, services and events requiring a Vax Pass.


How does a business, service or event verify proof of vaccination?

A business and organizations will soon be able to verify proof of vaccination by scanning the QR code on your PEI Vax Pass using the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App to confirm you are fully vaccinated while showing the minimum about of personal information. The app will only display your name and if you are fully vaccinated or not. It will not store your personal health information.

Where a PEI Vax Pass Verifier App is not being used, the business or organization will ask to see your vaccination details (the text not QR code on your PEI Vax Pass) to ensure that the record contains:

  • the person’s name
  • the brand(s) of vaccine received (such as Moderna SpikevaxTM, Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM, AstraZeneca VaxzevriaTM / CoviShield, etc)  
  • an indication that all required doses for that brand of vaccine were received  
  • the date when the final dose was received

Individuals 19 years of age and older will also need to provide a government-issued photo ID to confirm their identity. For those who do not have a government-issued photo ID, other forms of government-issued ID will be accepted (e.g. health card, birth certificate, etc.).

Note that individuals aged 12 to 18 only need to show proof of vaccination – no addition piece of identification is required.


Does the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App store my vaccination information?

No. The PEI Vax Pass Verifier App will only display your name and whether you are fully vaccinated or not. It will not display or store any of your vaccination details in the app or on the device using the app.


Can I ask if the business, service or event scanning my QR code is using the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App?

Yes, you can ask to if a business, service or event is using the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App before the scan the QR code on your PEI Vax Pass.


Are there other apps that can scan the QR code on my PEI Vax Pass?

Many apps can read the QR code.  Only some apps will be able to provide confirmation if the QR code is valid.  For example, in other jurisdictions they would use their own Verifier App.  Their Verifier App use the rules related to their local Public Health Orders to scan your QR code and determine if you meet requirements.  You can ask what app is being used and ask if those apps store the information.   


I am senior and I do not currently have government issued photo identification, but I have other pieces of government issued ID with my name, that matches my vaccination record. Is this acceptable to enter events and activities?

Some individuals, such as seniors, may not have government issued photo identification, but will have other examples of government issued photo identification (such as health card, birth certificate). For these situations, businesses and organizations are being advised to be open to accommodating these seniors by requesting other government issued documents such has health cards, birth certificates, etc.


How often can I access my PEI Vax Pass online?

You can access your PEI Vax Pass through the COVID-19 Immunization Record portal 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. It can be accessed from any desktop computer or mobile device at any time.

If you are going to travel outside of PEI it is a good idea to download the most recent version of your PEI Vax Pass for International Travel.


How is PEI Vax Pass different than the PEI Pass?

The PEI Pass is the application that allows returning PEI residents and visitors who meet the appropriate criteria to be exempt from self-isolation when entering the province. In some cases, individuals may have been granted a PEI Pass without being fully vaccinated.

The PEI Vax Pass is a government-issued proof of vaccination confirming your vaccination status. Under this program only individuals who are fully vaccinated or who have an approved medical exemption from PEI’s Chief Public Health Office will be able to access certain businesses, services and events requiring a PEI Vax Pass.


Can I use my PEI Pass as proof of vaccination?

No. The PEI Pass cannot be used as proof of vaccination under the PEI Vax Pass Program. The PEI Pass is only for point-of-entry into the province. Individuals will still need to show a government-issued proof of vaccination confirming that they are fully vaccinated or have an approved medical exemption from PEI’s Chief Public Health Office in order to access certain businesses, services and events requiring proof of vaccination.


What happens if I choose to not get immunized?

If you are not fully immunized, you may not be able to enter some businesses or attend certain events that can be accessed by people who are fully immunized. You are strongly encouraged to continue to practice physical distancing, wear a mask and reduce contact with people outside your household.


Is my vaccination record all I need to ensure access to certain businesses, activities and settings?

Along with your government-issued vaccination record you will need to present a government approved photo ID like a driver’s license or passport. Photo ID is required for individuals who are 19 years of age or older.


I don’t have a smartphone, can I print a copy of my PEI Vax Pass on a piece of paper and use that?  

Yes. A printed copy of your PEI Vax Pass will be accepted, however, you will still need to present a government photo ID. Be careful not to fold or damage the QR code. 


Will I need to carry my PEI Vax Pass with me at all times?

No, you do not need to carry your PEI Vax Pass on you at all times.


Who can request to see my PEI Vax Pass?   

Your PEI Vax Pass is given directly to you, so you can control who sees it.  Any business, service or event requiring a proof of vaccination for admission can request to see your PEI Vax Pass to confirm that you are fully vaccinated before entering their business/event. No one should keep or save a copy of your PEI Vax Pass.


What if the name on my PEI Vax Pass does not match the one on my government issued pieces of identification?

If you would like to report an error or correction to your PEI Vax Pass (proof of COVID-19 immunization) information which appears on your vaccination record, including your name, please call toll-free 1-844-975-3303.

Remember prior to traveling outside of PEI, make sure the name on your government-issued ID and your PEI Vax Pass match.


Am I able to request a PEI Vax Pass on behalf of my family member (other than a child) or friend?

Yes. Individuals can request a PEI Vax Pass on behalf of a family member provided they reside in the same household as the requestor. An exception is made for parents/legal guardians of a child as they can request a vaccination record on behalf of their child. Visit the COVID-19 Immunization Record page for more information.


Will my child’s COVID-19 immunization status be contained on my PEI Vax Pass or do they need their own?

Each person immunized against COVID-19 will have their own record of vaccination, including children, and will need to have their own PEI Vax Pass. Parents/legal guardians may request a PEI Vax Pass on behalf of their child and carry it with them. Visit the COVID-19 Immunization Record page for more information.


I only received one dose of the vaccine in PEI and the other in another jurisdiction. How do I get my vaccination record?

PEI residents who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of PEI will need to provide proof of their vaccination so it can be added to their personal PEI Immunization Record and be reflected on their PEI Vax Pass. Once proof of vaccination from another province/country is approved and added to their PEI Immunization Record (this can take up to 10 days) the complete PEI Vax Pass can be accessed through the COVID-19 Immunization Record portal.  

PEI residents with a PEI Health Card can submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination from another province or country online.

Individuals who do not have a PEI Health Card, or who do not/cannot submit their proof of out-of-province COVID-19 vaccination electronically, can visit their local PEI Public Health Nursing Office in person to have their vaccine information added to their file.


I was not vaccinated in Prince Edward Island. How do I get my PEI Vax Pass?

If you are a PEI resident, you can get your updated PEI Vax Pass if you provide proof of vaccination from the jurisdiction where you received your COVID-19 vaccination. PEI residents with a PEI Health Card can submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination from another province or country online.

Individuals who do not have a PEI Health Card, or who do not/cannot submit their proof of out-of-province COVID-19 vaccination electronically, can visit their local PEI Public Health Nursing Office in person to have their vaccine information added to their file.

If you are not a PEI resident, you will need to provide a government-issued vaccination record from the province/territory/country where you were vaccinated. Only individuals who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to access businesses, services and events where proof of vaccination is required.


What if the vaccination(s) I received is from a brand not currently approved in Canada?  

If you are a PEI resident and received one or two doses of a non-Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, you will be considered fully immunized 14 days after receiving one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM or Moderna SpikevaxTM).

You will also be considered fully immunized 14 days after receiving three doses of any non-Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information on getting a third dose of an mRNA vaccine in PEI, visit the Get The Vaccine page or call the PEI Immunization Program toll-free 1-844-975-3303.

PEI residents with a PEI Health Card can submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination from another province or country online.

Individuals who do not have a PEI Health Card, or who do not/cannot submit their proof of out-of-province COVID-19 vaccination electronically, can visit their local PEI Public Health Nursing Office in person to have their vaccine information added to their file.


I’m concerned that the business/service/event I’m attending isn’t asking people coming in for their proof of vaccination when they should be. Where do I direct my concerns? 

If you have concerns that a business/service or event isn’t complying with the requirement to verify patrons’ proof of vaccination you can share your concerns by emailing vaxpass@gov.pe.ca or calling the Vax Pass Business phone line toll-free 1-833-533-9333 (select option 3, then option 1). Your concerns will be reviewed by an inspector who will follow-up with that venue. 

Please do not call 9-1-1 or local law enforcement unless it is an emergency (i.e. someone is being threatened).

Published date: 
October 25, 2021
Health and Wellness

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