COVID-19 Vaccine
 

Immunization Cards and Immunization Records


Residents of Manitoba have two options for proof of immunization - the Manitoba immunization card and the pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential (PVC).  

This chart explains the differences between them, and where each should be used 


 

Manitoba Immunization Card 

Pan-Canadian PVC 

Valid in Manitoba 

Yes 

Yes 

Valid for federally-regulated purposes,  
such as travel 

No 

Yes 

Valid in other provinces, territories or countries 

Limited 

Yes 
Check in advance with your destination 

QR code contains personal information 

No 

Yes 
date of birth, vaccine information 

Available through immunizationcard.manitoba.ca 

Yes 
Three options: digital,  
app, physical card 

Yes 
Digital only 

Available through Manitoba’s immunization card mobile app 

Yes 

Yes 

Can be verified by the Manitoba verifier app 

Yes 

No 
available in mid November 2021 

Allows data collection by verifier apps 

No 

Yes 



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Manitoba Immunization Card


The delivery of your Manitoba immunization card may take up to 4 weeks. In the meantime, you can print out a wallet sized QR code

The Manitoba Immunization Card is available as a physical card, digitally and in an app. It shows a QR code to validate proof of immunization within the province of Manitoba. This record allows you to: 

  • access sports and entertainment venues, 
  • attend restaurants, bars and lounges, and 
  • visit businesses or any other site that requires proof of immunization. 

The QR code, when scanned by the Manitoba Immunization Verifier app, only shows your first and last name and a confirmation of immunization. The QR code contains no personal information and the verifier app does not collect or store any information.  


Request Your Manitoba Immunization Card

Fully immunized individuals can request your card online, through the app, or from the province’s call centre at 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222).   

To download the mobile app, visit the Apple itunes store or the Google Play store. 


Request Your Immunization Card




Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential (PVC)


NEW! Manitoba’s app has been updated to include your Manitoba immunization card and your pan-Canadian PVC.  


The Pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential (PVC) is available for fully vaccinated Manitobans for domestic travel and upon entry into Canada when returning from abroad. 

The PVC may be valid in other jurisdictions and countries as proof of immunization, but please check with destinations in advance to ensure acceptance. The QR code on the PVC contains your name, date of birth, date of immunization, the brand of vaccine received and lot number. Your information when scanned by a verifier app will be subject to open data collection.  


Request Your PVC

Fully immunized individuals can request their PVC online, through the app, or from the province’s call centre at 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222).   

As of Nov. 30, individuals who have received one or more non-Health Canada approved doses of vaccine may request their PVC if they meet all the eligibility criteria. The accepted vaccines can be found at: COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada - Travel restrictions in Canada - Travel.gc.ca

If you would like to have your PVC available to you on multiple devices, you must request the PVC on each individual device. Unlike the Manitoba Immunization card, the PVC is stored in the app. If you log out of the app, the PVC will be erased and you will have to request it if you log in again on that device.

Important Note: The PVC is available digitally on your mobile, or you may print out a hard copy of the PDF if you request to receive your PVC by email. The PVC is currently not available as a wallet card.

The PVC follows the SMART Health Card standard. Any scanner that has the ability to read a SMART Health Card QR code will be able to read the QR code on your PVC.


Download the Manitoba Immunization Verifier Application

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Available for iOS and Android.




Immunization Records


Both the Manitoba immunization card and the pan-Canadian PVC rely on information about vaccinations entered into a central database.

An immunization record is a personal medical record used by the provincial health care system for all vaccinations. It can be used by health care providers, and used as proof of immunization to visit personal care homes and hospitals. A copy of your Manitoba immunization record is NOT required to apply for a Manitoba Immunization Card.

Manitobans can access their own immunization records online, which show the dates you received your vaccine and the type of vaccine you received. 


Request Your Immunization Card


NOTE: All Manitobans are reminded to be aware of phishing scams. Manitobans are strongly advised to not provide information to any non-Government of Manitoba website or application.




Questions and Answers



About Proof of Vaccination


The Pan-Canadian PVC is "a reliable way to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination history when travelling internationally and within Canada." It contains your full name, date of birth, date(s) of vaccination, brand(s) of vaccine, lot number and country of vaccination using a QR code. All of this information is available when the QR code is scanned from your mobile device or printed hard copy.


No. The credential will be provided at no cost.


The Manitoba Immunization Card is a convenient and secure way for eligible Manitobans to prove their immunization status at non-essential services, businesses or events within Manitoba. It includes your first and last name and your vaccination status using a QR code. When scanned by the Manitoba Immunization Verifier app, the QR code will validate your proof of immunization.


An immunization record is a personal medical record used by the provincial health care system for all vaccinations. It is available as a document and contains your name, date of birth, date(s) of vaccicnation and brand(s) of vaccine. It may be used as proof of immunization.

The Manitoba Immunization card (physical or digital) provides your name and immunization status but does not contain any other personal or personal health information. It may be used to prove your immunization status at non-essential services, businesses or events within Manitoba.


The PVC is available through immunizationcard.Manitoba.ca ― the same website where people can request their Manitoba Immunization Card.  You can log into your web or mobile account, or register a new account if you haven’t already set one up.

If this is your first time in the online portal, click the ‘Request Immunization Card’ button. Otherwise, click on the icon at the top right corner of the screen to take you to the ‘Request’ screen. You can select whether you would like to receive the PDF by email, and / or receive an in-app version. You can also request your physical Manitoba Immunization Card at the same time if you haven’t already done so.

After successfully submitting your request, the system will create your PVC QR code and either create or refresh you Manitoba Immunization QR code. If you requested to receive your PVC by email, you will receive a confirmation email with a PDF attachment that can be printed out or saved to your device.

If you are using a mobile device and have requested the Pan-Canadian PVC available in the app, you can toggle between the QR codes for the Manitoba Immunization Card and the Pan-Canadian PVC from the top of the home page. You can access the PDF of your Pan-Canadian PVC by toggling to the QR code and scrolling to the bottom of the screen. The PDF will display your Pan-Canadian PVC in the standardized format for all Canadian provinces and territories.


No. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria to be considered fully immunized, you may request your Pan-Canadian PVC. If you do not have a Manitoba Immunization Card yet, the system will create a Manitoba Immunization Card QR code when you request your Pan-Canadian PVC.


You need the Pan-Canadian PVC if you are travelling outside of Manitoba within Canada or internationally. You can use the Pan-Canadian PVC within Manitoba in lieu of the Manitoba Immunization Card but it is highly recommended to use the Manitoba Immunization Card within Manitoba because it only contains your name and immunization status and does not share any other personal or health information.


Yes. You may print out your QR code and present that along with your government-issued photo ID that confirms your identity.


If your Pan-Canadian PVC is missing the brand or lot number, please submit any needed corrections or additions by completing this online form. Alternatively, you can call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) and follow the prompts to get your update process started. (NOTE: this was taken from the Immunization Records Question - What should I do if the information on my record is not accurate or complete)


If you are not fully immunized, you may not be able to take part in specific activities 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.


Eligibility


The Manitoba immunization card is available to:

  • Any person who is eligible to be vaccinated in Manitoba, and has received the required number of doses and waited 14 days since their last dose.
  • Any person who does not have a Manitoba Health Card, but has either received their vaccinations in Manitoba or submitted proof of any COVID vaccination(s) received outside of Manitoba to public health, and the data has been recorded in the system.
  • Any person who has received a medical exemption.
  • Any person who has received non-Health Canada approved vaccines and the required booster.

Manitobans who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for the Pan-Canadian PVC.

Canadians currently in Manitoba but whose primary residence is in another province or territory should request their Pan-Canadian PVC in that jurisdiction.


Manitobans who have received the required number of doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine and it has been at least 14 days since they received their last dose may apply. This includes Manitobans who may not yet have their Manitoba Health Card but who meet the above criteria.


Currently, the federal government has not defined the requirements for a medical exemption. Your medical exemption is only valid within Manitoba


Currently, the federal government has not defined the eligibility requirements for a PVC if you received one or more non-Health Canada approved vaccines.


If you believe you should have a medical exemption, contact your specialist. If you do not have one, please contact your family physician who can refer you to the appropriate specialist. Exemptions can only be made by specialists who are:

  • registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba; and
  • certified by and in good standing with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in the relevant specialty.

For more information, visit: Province of Manitoba | Eligibility Criteria.

A medical exemption will allow you to apply for your Manitoba Immunization Card

NOTE: currently, there is no medical exemption available for a Pan-Canadian PVC.


If your specialist has submitted a medical exemption form on your behalf, please wait seven to 14 days from the time of your consult before you request your Manitoba Immunization Card.


You will be able to enter any public setting that requires someone to be fully immunized based on the current public health orders.

The card and the display shown after scanning the QR code will be identical to those currently used by fully immunized people. This will help protect your private health information, while also keeping a simple, consistent process for venues and events that must validate your immunization status. 


If your specialist provided a medical exemption that is only temporary and you feel it should be extended, please contact the specialist that provided the exemption. They will determine if an extension is required. If so, the specialist will submit a new medical exemption request for you to Manitoba Health and Seniors Care with a revised expiry date.


When your specialist went through your medical assessment to determine eligibility for the medical exemption program, timelines for expiry of an exemption should include:

  • the time you are not able to be immunized; and
  • the required time for a full immunization series to be administered, including the two weeks after the final dose.

If you are fully immunized two weeks prior to the expiry date of the exemption, then your QR code will remain active.

Once the medical exemption expires and if the full immunization series has not been completed, the QR code will be deactivated. You will be unable to enter any public settings that require the public to be fully immunized based on the current public health orders.


Yes. If you don't have a Manitoba Health Card, you are eligible for a medical exemption as long you live, work and/or study in Manitoba. The specialist may be required to collect additional demographic information to ensure the exemption is added to the file of the right person. Exemptions can only be made by specialists who are:

  • registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba; and
  • certified by and in good standing with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in the relevant specialty.

Individuals who live, work and/or study in Manitoba but do not have a Manitoba Health Card can request a Manitoba Immunization Card if they meet the following requirements:

  • have received two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with the final dose more than 14 days ago; and
  • have submitted proof of any COVID-19 vaccination(s) received outside of Manitoba to Public Health, and the data has been recorded in the system.

Individuals can call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) to speak with an agent, who will provide a client identification number for the digital version of the card. The agent can also request a physical card on behalf of callers.


If you received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Manitoba, you will need to get a record of your vaccination from the jurisdiction where you received it.

Once you have your vaccination record, please use this online form to submit it, and your information will be updated.


You will need to get a record of your vaccination from the jurisdiction where you received it. If the vaccination you received is from a brand that is approved by Health Canada (currently, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson), you can go to https://forms.gov.mb.ca/covid-immunization-record-request/index.html to update that information. You can also call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) with this information if needed. After this information has been updated, you can then request an immunization card online.


If you have received one or two doses of a vaccine that is not approved by Health Canada but approved by the World Health Organization, you can receive a dose of mRNA vaccine in Manitoba to be considered fully immunized. This dose can be administered at super-sites, pop-ups or mobile clinics, or by a health care provider or pharmacist.  If you have received three doses of a vaccine not approved by Health Canada, you are also considered fully immunized. At that point, you can then request your Manitoba Immunization Card by calling 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222).


You can contact Manitoba Health and Seniors Care to update your mailing address at www.gov.mb.ca/health/mhsip/forms.html, by phone 204-786-7101 (toll-free: 1-800-392-1207) or by email at: InsuredBen@gov.mb.ca.


What can I access with the Proof of Vaccination


Current public health orders outline specific activities that can be accessed by people who are fully immunized. The orders also enable businesses and organizations to ask for proof of immunization to ensure they are in compliance with the public health orders.

For information on current public health orders, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/prs/orders/index.html.


No. The Manitoba Immunization Card is intended to be used within Manitoba to access:

  • sports and entertainment venues
  • restaurants, bars and lounges
  • other businesses as required by the business

Yes. The PVC is intended to be used for travel within Canada, and upon entry into Canada when returning from abroad. This document will be required at airports throughout Canada, VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and at any Canadian border crossing (CBSA). If you are planning to travel outside Canada, it is extremely important to look up the entry requirements of each destination to ensure you meet their eligibility criteria, and that you have the proper documentation with you.

The federal government has stated that: “Starting November 30, all travellers must be fully vaccinated, with very limited exceptions to address specific situations such as emergency travel, and those medically unable to be vaccinated.”  For more information, visit https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/domestic-travel.

It is strongly recommended that individuals continue to use Manitoba’s Immunization Card while in the province. Manitoba’s Immunization Card contains no personal health information, which better protects privacy.


The PVC will gradually be accepted at airports throughout Canada and at any Canadian border crossing (CBSA). It will also be required for travel in Canada on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, ferries, etc. Refer to Provincial and territorial restrictions - Travel restrictions in Canada - Travel.gc.ca for more complete information. Within Canada, many non-essential services will also accept it.

As of Nov. 18. 2021, Manitoba’s Immunization Verifier app can be used to seamlessly scan the QR code on the Manitoba Immunization Card, or the Pan-Canadian PVC.


If you have your Manitoba Immunization Card, you are strongly encouraged to continue using it within the province. The QR code on your Manitoba Immunization Card contains no personal data. When scanned with the Manitoba Immunization Verifier app your name will be displayed. The QR code on your PVC contains your name, date of birth, vaccination date(s), brand of vaccine, lot number and country of vaccination. When scanned, all this information is potentially made available to the verifier.


While the PVC is intended to be used for travel within Canada, internationally and upon entry into Canada when returning from abroad, other jurisdictions within Canada may request to see your PVC to access non-essential services, businesses and events.


The PVC is intended to be used for travel within Canada, upon entry into Canada when returning from abroad, and for travel abroad as more countries start to use this type of proof of immunization. Any jurisdiction or entity outside of Canada using the international SMART Health Card standard will be able to scan the QR code on your PVC. However, it is strongly recommended that you check the requirements of your destination to ensure you meet their eligibility criteria, and that you have the proper documentation with you.



How does verification work?


Anyone with the Manitoba Immunization Verifier app will be able to scan the QR code on your Manitoba Immunization Card.


Canadian airports, VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, ferries, others (refer to Provincial and territorial restrictions - Travel restrictions in Canada - Travel.gc.ca for more complete information), and Canadian border crossings may gradually ask to scan your PVC starting Oct. 30, 2021. Within Canada, non-essential services may ask to scan your PVC. Outside of Canada, jurisdictions or entities using the SMART Health Card standard may ask to scan your PVC.


As of Nov. 18, 2021, the Manitoba Verifier app will be able to seamlessly scan the QR code on a Manitoba Immunization Card, or Pan-Canadian PVC. The verifier app reads the QR code to get the person's name and vaccination status, and then displays either a green screen indicating the person is fully vaccinated, or a red screen indicating the verification failed.

This dual functionality alllows visitors to use their PVC while in Manitoba, and for businesses to easily scan them.


No. The Manitoba Immunization Verifier app is a separate application used exclusively for scanning and verifying cards. It does not contain your QR code, it only reads it.



Privacy and security


The QR code on your Manitoba Immunization Card can only be read by the Manitoba Immunization Verifier app and can only provide your name and vaccination status. It does not contain other personal or personal health information.


The QR code on your Pan-Canadian PVC does contain health information but the verifier will only display your name and vaccination status.


Anyone using a SMART Health Card reader or scanner will have access to the information contained in the Pan-Canadian QR code which includes your name, date of birth, date of vaccination(s), brand of vaccination(s), lot number, and country of vaccination.


Yes, your information is secure. If you choose to show your card to someone to verify it, your name and vaccination status will be shared with that person. Otherwise, your information is entirely secure.


For increased security, your PVC is only stored on the device on which it is requested. If you wish to have it available on multiple devices, you will have to request it on each device individually.


Immunization Record


You can sign in and view this information online if you:

  • have a valid Manitoba Health card, and
  • have a personal email address.

Individuals who do not have a Manitoba Health card can call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) to speak with an agent, who will provide a client identification number for the digital version of the card. The agent can also request a physical card on behalf of callers.


It generally takes several days after your immunization for your information to be available online. If you have a problem accessing your record and it has been at least a week, use this help form.


Once you access your record online, you can print it by selecting the PRINT THIS PAGE button at the top right of the results page. Please note that printing from a mobile device is not supported. 


Yes, your family doctor will also have access to this information.


For general information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, refer to this FAQ.  You can also contact Health Links - Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 for more information.  

If you have questions about an adverse reaction after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, click here for more information or call 911 if it is an emergency. 


If your current immunization record:

  • shows an error in your dose(s)
  • does not have your dose(s) documented
  • does not yet include your proof of out-of-province vaccination

Please submit any needed corrections or additions by completing this online form, outlining your concern and requesting changes or additions to your record.

The e-form process will make it faster and easier to make changes to your vaccination record.

forms.gov.mb.ca/covid-immunization-record-request/

Alternatively, you can call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) and follow the prompts to get your update process started.


We are currently processing requests that were previously sent by email. We will be contacting everyone who has an outstanding email request.


A piece of school identification can be used in conjunction with the immunization card to verify a young person’s identity. This approach is similar to what is done for other youth services, like transit passes.