Residents of British Columbia have been eagerly awaiting some sort of vaccination card that could simplify access to businesses and places affected by upcoming restrictions imposed by the provincial health officer. As of September 13, anyone aged 12 and over will be required to show proof of vaccination to participate in certain events and businesses in British Columbia.
Hours before the unveiling of the new vaccine “passport”, the British Columbia Ministry of Health launched a somewhat unexpected soft launch of the site that would be used to generate such a document. It was quickly overtaken by demand, highlighting various polls that showed broad support for a way to simplify proof of vaccination.
For example, a recent Insights West survey (conducted August 11-13) gave a measure of this support for immunization cards or passports. “As an overall concept, the vast majority (79%) of residents of British Columbia support the idea of proof of double vaccination in order to participate in various activities, with 57% who“ strongly support ”the idea. and 22% who “somewhat support” the idea. Only 19 percent are opposed to the concept. It’s no surprise that the 84 percent of BC residents in our survey who were doubly vaccinated show overwhelming support for the idea (88 percent support), compared to the unvaccinated. where 34 percent support the idea and 63 percent oppose the concept.
As it is, I was in a cafe chatting with a friend when we both decided to see if the provincial vaccination card could have been launched before the official deployment time. We both talked about the pros and cons of such a card for many months and we were both surprised to see it already working around 9 a.m. instead of the scheduled deployment time of 2 p.m. .
I did not request my card at that time in the cafe using the free Wi-Fi, although the stated wait time of just a minute or two was tempting. By the time I got home, the queue at the Ministry of Health website gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard had reached 20 minutes. I turned on two computers to take care of three applications. Having a visual and virtual queue is actually a smart move on the part of the Department of Health, as it removes most of the accident notices that came with previous vaccination booking sites.
Once the queue has expired, the actual application form is clear and simple: provide your personal health number, your date of birth using drop-down selections, and the date of one of your actual vaccinations, such as that they are recorded on your health authority card.
Unfortunately, at this point, for me at least, in all three requests, there has been proof of the BC Vaccine Card claim. I received a worrying error notification. Fortunately, rather than starting over I found that just repeatedly clicking the Save button ultimately led to success and I was given the option to download a copy.
Knowing that any further action could precipitate more misfortune, I quickly took a screenshot and also captured the image of the vaccine card. It was only then that I engaged in the Copy action, which also generated more error notifications. Again, repeatedly clicking the Copy button eventually bypassed the error and a PDF file of the map was downloaded to the hard drive of the local computer.
It is important to note that I have not tried this application procedure on my mobile or on a tablet PC. My tests were carried out on a Windows 10 box and a Chromebook.
Aside from the errors I encountered, I am wondering about the backup process itself. If you right-click Save As (a common way to save images) on the QR code itself, the created file does not have an image extension and may appear as a “blank” file. “. However, loading this file displays the QR code. If you right-click anywhere other than the code itself, on what you might think of as the map itself, you won’t be able to save anything other than the raw HTML of the page.
I wonder if the PDF route will be problematic. PDF apps are notoriously bad on mobiles. For now, it may be a good idea to print a hard copy of this PDF and take it with you.
Premier John Horgan, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix took advantage of their press conference on Tuesday, September 7, which set up Colombia’s immunization card program -British, to make passionate appeals to the unvaccinated to visit clinics across the province.
Horgan in particular noted that immunization clinics have seen a 200 percent increase in demand since the card was first announced. “We made the BC Vaccine Card easy for people to get,” he said, “and easy for businesses to verify at a glance. The card is an important step in making our economy run on all cylinders and return to social events safely with the confidence that those around us are also fully vaccinated. “
This last statement remains to be tested. Businesses will have access to a verification app, but they are also allowed to run a “visual ID” where the guard takes a look at the vaccination card (I think this needs to be more than just the QR code itself, it must include the body of the card) and associate it with an approved piece of identification.
Your paper vaccination card will suffice as proof until the full implementation of the vaccination card program on September 27. This is the small card issued by your local health authority. And if all this talk about generating your immunization card via a computer makes you feel overwhelmed, there are alternatives available. By phone, 1-833-838-2323, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, or through a government office of Service BC.