Vaccine records

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Vaccination records (also called immunization records) provide a history of all the vaccines you or your child have received. 

Keeping track of vaccinations 

Keeping track of your child's vaccinations
If your child was born in B.C., you should have received a Child Health Passport that contains an vaccination record. If you did not receive one, you can request one from your health unit.
 
It’s important to bring your child’s vaccination record with you to every vaccination appointment and to make sure your health care provider updates it each time your child receives a vaccine.
 
If your child is school-age, they will be given a paper record of the vaccines they receive in school. Always keep a current vaccination record for your child in a safe place. You may need your child’s record if you register your child for summer camp, college or university, and some travel.
 
Always keep a current vaccination record for your child in a safe place. An up-to-date record is especially important if you move to a new province or territory, as there is no national vaccination registry. You may need your child’s record if you register your child for daycare, summer camp, college or university and some travel.
 
If your child does not have a Child Health Passport or vaccination record card, you can download and print an vaccination record card here. There is also a free mobile app that can help you keep track of immunizations. You can find more information about the app at CANImmunize.ca.
 
If you have misplaced your child’s vaccination record, you can find tips on locating it here.
Keeping track of your vaccinations
It’s your responsibility to keep a record of the vaccines you receive. Keep your record in a safe place with other medical information or identity documents.
 
Keeping a current vaccination record is important. Your records may be required for certain jobs, travel, or school registration. 
 
If you don’t have an vaccination record card, you can download and print one here. You can also ask your health care provider for a record card. There is also a free mobile app that can help you keep track of your immunizations. You can find more information about the app at CANImmunize.ca.
 
If you do not have a record of the immunizations you have received in the past, you can find tips on locating vaccination records here.

Tips for finding vaccination records

Tips for finding vaccination records: Children

Health units in B.C. maintain an electronic registry of childhood vaccination provided by Public Health (public 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 vaccinations. Try looking through baby books or other saved documents. In B.C. childhood vaccinations 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.

Are you looking for COVID-19 vaccine records? Register for the Health Gateway, which is an online website that provides a single place for B.C. residents to access their health records. After getting your COVID-19 vaccine, be sure to keep a paper copy of your vaccination record in a safe place. By registering for B.C.’s Health Gateway, you will also be able to access a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccine record.

Tips for finding vaccination records: Adults

If you need a copy of your vaccination  records, there are several places you can look:

  • Check your home for your paper record of vaccination. Try looking through baby books or other saved documents from your childhood.
  • Check with your parents or other caregivers to see if they have a record of your vaccination.
  • Check with your current and previous family doctors. Keep in mind that vaccination records are kept at doctors’ offices for a limited time.
  • Check with your local health unit if you were vaccinated at your local health unit or in school.
  • Check with your pharmacist if you were vaccinated at your local pharmacy.
  • Check with your community health nurse if you were vaccinated in a First Nations community.

Without a record of vaccination (or proof of immunity to a disease), a person is considered unvaccinated and unprotected. They 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 you.

Are you looking for COVID-19 vaccine records? Register for the Health Gateway, which is an online website that provides a single place for B.C. residents to access their health records. After getting your COVID-19 vaccine, be sure to keep a paper copy of your vaccination record in a safe place. By registering for B.C.’s Health Gateway, you will also be able to access a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccine record.
 

Record cards

If you do not have an immunization record card or do not have one for your child, you can download and print one below. 

There is also a free mobile app that can help you keep track of immunizations. You can learn more about the app at CANImmunize.ca

 

 

Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021