I don't have a copy of my child's vaccination record. Where can I get one?

Question: 

I don't have a copy of my child's vaccination record. Where can I get one?

Answer: 
Health units in BC maintain an electronic registry of childhood vaccines provided by Public Health (public health nurses or community health nurses). If your child was vaccinated at a doctor's office, at a pharmacy, or in a First Nations community, their record might not be in the Public Health registry.
 
If you do not have a copy of your child's vaccination records, there are several places you can look:
 
  • Check your home for your child's paper record of vaccination. Try looking through baby books or other saved documents. In BC, childhood vaccines are most often recorded in the Child Health Passport.
  • Check with your local health unit if your child was vaccinated at the health unit or in school.
  • Check with your child's doctor if your child was vaccinated at their doctor's office.
  • Check with your pharmacist if your child was vaccinated at your local pharmacy.
  • Check with your community health nurse if your child was vaccinated in a First Nations community.
Children without vaccination records (or proof of immunity to disease) are considered unvaccinated and unprotected. These children should generally be vaccinated (or revaccinated) to ensure protection. It is safe to repeat vaccines. Blood tests to determine immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases are not routinely recommended or available for all diseases. Your health care provider can help determine what is best for your child.
Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021