Visitors - Important PEI Vax Pass Information

On October 5, 2021, Prince Edward Island launched the PEI Vax Pass Program. Under this time-limited initiative individuals 12 years of age and older who are visiting Prince Edward Island will need to show their provincial/territorial government-issued proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access businesses, services and events where a PEI Vax Pass is required. Only those who are fully vaccinated as defined in PEI will be able to access these settings.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has recommended that children age 5 to 11 NOT be included in any proof of vaccination requirements for accessing discretionary activities and events. At this time, PEI is not including children age 5 to 11 in the PEI Vax Pass Program.

Individuals 19 years of age and older will also need to show a valid government-issued photo ID. For those who do not have a government-issued photo ID, other forms of government-issued ID will be accepted.

The following documents are considered valid government-issued proof of COVID-19 vaccination for visitors to PEI:

  • Provincial, territorial COVID-19 immunization record
  • National Defence Canada COVID-19 Vaccine Record / Card
  • International travelers: COVID-19 immunization documentation, such as that submitted to Canadian Border Service officials to enter Canada, and government-issued photo identification . Immunization documentation must be in English or French, or a certified translation into one of these two languages.

The PEI Vax Pass Verifier app can scan government-issued proof of vaccination QR codes from all Canadian provinces and territories, as well as from the Canadian Armed Forces. Visitors providing a government-issued proof of COVID-19 vaccination from a Canadian province or territory without a QR code must ensure their record shows each COVID-19 vaccination they have received, including dates they were administered.

PEI is not able to scan proof of vaccination QR codes from other countries.

Where PEI Vax Pass or Proof of Vaccination is Required

For the full list of where you do and don’t need to show your PEI Vax Pass or proof of vaccination, click here.

Public Health Measures

For activities and settings where a PEI Vax Pass/proof of vaccination is required, the following public health measures are still required:

  • Develop and follow an operational plan to reduce transmission and spread of disease.

  • Develop and follow a policy to prevent people who have to self-isolate from participating in an activity or entering a facility.

  • Develop and follow a policy to prevent people who are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 from participating in an activity or entering a facility.

  • Develop and follow an enhanced cleaning and disinfection routine.

  • Ensure hand washing and/or hand sanitizing stations are available and accessible.

  • Clear barriers may be used to separate staff/volunteers from customers/attendees during short interactions at point-of-sale areas and information counters.

  • Print and post signage notifying staff, volunteers, customers and attendees of mask-wearing guidance, other public health measure requirements, and policies regarding non-entry of people who have to self-isolate or who have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If staff are not fully vaccinated, take every reasonable step to ensure physical distancing among staff and between staff and patrons

  • Physical distancing must continue to be maintained in line-ups where there may be unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals also present at the premises (i.e. a line-up to pay for a meal at a take-out counter).

  • Non-medical mask requirements must continue to be followed.

Exemptions

Children Under the Age of 12

Children 11 years of age and younger are exempt from needing to provide a proof of vaccination to enter businesses or attend events at this time. Children who are soon turning 12 years old have a three-month grace period to get fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination (e.g. a child whose 12th birthday is September 1, 2021, will have until December 1, 2021 to get fully vaccinated).

Medical Reasons

Individuals claiming a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination will be required to have a Medical Exemption Letter from PEI’s Chief Public Health Office to access businesses, services and activities in PEI where proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. Substitute letters or health care provider notes claiming medical exemption will not be accepted.

Visitors staying in PEI for an extended period of time may speak with a local primary care provider (physician or nurse practitioner) about a medical exemption. In PEI, primary care providers must submit a medical exemption request form on behalf of their patient to the Chief Public Health for consideration. PEI’s Chief Public Health Office will review the request and, if the patient meets the criteria, issue a Medical Letter of Exemption back to the physician or nurse practitioner to provide to their patient.

Visitors seeking a medical exemption can also have their primary care providers from their home province reach out to the PEI Chief Public Health Office at 902-368-4996 to request the medical exemption form.

Confirming Vaccination Status and ID

The requirement to provide proof of vaccination to access some businesses, services and events also applies to individuals visiting PEI.

The PEI Vax Pass Verifier app can scan government-issued proof of vaccination QR codes from all Canadian provinces and territories, as well as from the Canadian Armed Forces.

Businesses, services and events will ask to see your government-issued proof of vaccination and government-issued photo ID, to confirm that the names listed on both documents match and that the photo ID matches the person in front of you.

When the QR code on your proof of vaccination is scanned using the PEI Vax Pass Verifer app, the mobile device being used will confirm whether or not you are fully vaccinated while showing the minimum amount of personal information. The app will only display your name and if you are fully vaccinated or not. It will not store your personal information. Read the PEI Vax Pass Verifier Privacy Policy.

PEI Vax Pass confirmation page unable to confirm PEI Vax Pass

Some businesses, services and events may choose to continue to rely on reviewing the records of vaccination (i.e. not use the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App) and will not be able to scan your QR code. Be sure to continue to not just carry the QR code with you, but your record that includes the list of vaccinations.

Individuals who are under age 19 do not need to show identification to confirm their identity.

Some individuals, such as seniors, may not have government-issued photo ID, but will have other examples of government issued identification (such as health card, birth certificate). In these situations, businesses and organizations are being advised to be open to accommodating individuals without a government-issued photo ID by requesting another government-issued document such has health card, birth certificate, etc. to confirm a person’s identity.

For seniors older than age 65, if they do not have government-issued ID, businesses and organizations should employ discretion in accepting the proof of vaccination without associated ID.

Disclosure of Personal Information

Your proof of COVID-19 immunization will have your name and vaccine history, and it may have your date of birth. You are responsible for protecting your personal information.

It is important to store your digital and paper record in a secure location. It is also not recommended to share a photo of your proof of vaccination on social media. It is not recommended to email your proof of vaccination as email is not a secure way to transfer information.

Fully Vaccinated

Individuals are considered fully immunized 14 days after receiving the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada or a combination of two different COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada; currently those are:

  • 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM
  • 2 doses of Moderna SpikevaxTM
  • 2 doses of AstraZeneca VaxzevriaTM / CoviShield
  • Any two-dose combination of the above (e.g. 1 dose of Moderna SpikevaxTM + 1 dose of AstraZeneca VaxzevriaTM)
  • 1 dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

If you 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.

Published date: 
November 24, 2021
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca