Visitors - PEI Vax Pass FAQs
What is the PEI Vax Pass Program?
The PEI Vax Pass is a new time-limited initiative that requires individuals 12 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated and show their proof of vaccination 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 health care services.
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. 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 who are fully vaccinated are also much less likely to need to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to unvaccinated people (25 times less likely based on national surveillance data from the Public Health Agency of Canada as of October 2, 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 be in effect?
The PEI Vax Pass policy is a time-limited measure that will be lifted when the Chief Public Health Office determines the risk of COVID-19 in the province is reduced. The Chief Public Health Office is constantly assessing the COVID-19 situation locally, across the country, and internationally, including the level of protection offered by vaccination. Public health measures are adjusted to protect healthcare capacity in PEI while minimizing disruption to PEI residents.
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. If their immune system does encounter the virus, it is armed and ready to fight it. People who are fully vaccinated are also less likely to pass COVID-19 to other individuals - 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. As such, at a proof of vaccination event, the risk of widespread transmission leading to an outbreak is reduced. People who are fully vaccinated are also much less likely to need to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to unvaccinated people (25 times less likely based on national surveillance data from the Public Health Agency of Canada as of October 2, 2021).
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 Vax Pass will 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 PEI Vax Pass?
No. 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 verify proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
A business/event using the PEI Vax Pass Verifier app is able to scan the QR code on most provincial government-issued proof of vaccination records.
A business/event not using the PEI Vax Pass Verifier App, or if the app is unable to scan your proof of vaccination QR code, will visually verify proof of COVID-19 vaccination by ensuring that the provided government-issued vaccination 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 that matches the name and date of birth on the vaccination record. 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.
Can PEI businesses/events requiring a PEI Vax Pass scan my proof of vaccination QR code as issued by my home province/territory/country?
PEI’s Vax Pass Verifier App is able to scan government-issued COVID-19 proof of vaccination QR codes from all Canadian provinces and territories, as well as from the Canadian Armed Forces. PEI is not able to scan proof of vaccination QR codes from other countries.
Visitors providing a government-issued proof of COVID-19 vaccination without a QR code must ensure their record shows each COVID-19 vaccination they have received, including dates they were administered.
What type of records can be presented for proof of vaccination?
Examples of vaccination records from across Canada are available online.
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 am not fully vaccinated?
If you are not fully vaccinated, you may not be able to enter some businesses or attend certain events that can only 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?
In addition to your government-issued vaccination record you will also need to present a government approved photo ID like a driver’s license or passport. Photo ID is required for individuals 19 years of age or older. 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.).
I am a 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.
Will I need to carry my proof of vaccination with me at all times?
No, you do not need to carry your vaccination record on you at all times.
Who can request to see my vaccine record?
Your vaccine record is given directly to you, so you can control who sees it. Any business, service or event in PEI requiring a PEI Vax Pass - for admission can request to see your proof of vaccination to confirm that you are fully vaccinated before entering their business/event. No one should keep or save a copy of your vaccination record.
I was not vaccinated in Prince Edward Island. How do I get my vaccination record?
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 in PEI where proof of vaccination is required.
What if the vaccination(s) I received is from a brand not currently approved in Canada?
If you received one or two doses of a non-Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, you will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM or Moderna SpikevaxTM).
You will also be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving three doses of any non-Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).