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COVID-19 in NB: Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination requirements beginning September 22, 2021.

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Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination


 As of September 22, 2021, some New Brunswick businesses will require Proof of Vaccination to access non-essential services.

COVID-19 vaccines have positively impacted individuals and communities, enabling both an increase in social and economic activity.  Vaccines have a long history of being required for travel, to attend public school and to work in certain industries, such as healthcare. To ensure public access to some events, services, and businesses during the pandemic to those who are fully vaccinated, Public Health NB recommends that individuals aged 12 and up require proof of vaccination. Proof of vaccination is an important protective measure that safeguards the public as a condition for providing service.

In New Brunswick, all people aged 12 and up will be required to show their record of immunization or medical exemption certificate and a government issued identification to be able to access some services.

 

Accepted proof of vaccination:

  • MyHealthNB record
  • Immunization record from an RHA clinic, pharmacy, or Public Health
  • Photo or copy of an immunization record
  • Proof of Vaccination from another jurisdiction 
  • Medical exemption certificate

 

Proof of vaccination allows people age 12 and up who are adequately protected or who have a clinical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccines available to be admitted to certain locations and certain non-essential activities where the risk of transmission is high. 

These include:

  • Indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events
  • Indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs and bars
  • Nightclubs, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys and casinos
  • Movie theatres
  • Gyms, indoor group exercise, indoor pools and recreation facilities
  • Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities
  • Visiting a long-term care facility

 


 

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Where you will need proof of vaccination

Last updated September 2021

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FAQ

Who needs to show proof of vaccination?

Everyone aged 12 and over must show proof of vaccination to access certain events, services, and businesses.


Why do I need to show proof of vaccination?

We know that living with COVID will require measures to offset the risk of transmission in certain social settings. This measure will help curb the spread of COVID-19 when people are gathering in areas of close proximity or sitting for long periods of time.

 

Where will I need to show proof of vaccination?

You will have to show proof of vaccination to access certain events, services, and business, including:

  • Indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events
  • Indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs, and bars
  • Nightclubs, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys and casinos
  • Movie theatres
  • Gyms, indoor group exercise, indoor pools, and recreation facilities
  • Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities
  • Visiting a long-term care facility


What if I have a medical exemption from getting a vaccine?

If you cannot receive a vaccine because of a medical exemption you will be required to show proof of your exemption signed by a healthcare provider.


Can people be fined for not complying or providing false documentation?

An individual providing false proof of vaccination or a false vaccination exemption would commit offences be subject to fines from to enforcement officers.


What are the fines?

These offences would be a Category B offence under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act with fines ranging from $172.50 to $772.50 (these include a 20% victim surcharge and a $4.50 administrative fee.)


Will businesses be keeping records or collecting my personal information?

There will be no collection of information or keeping of records.


Do I need to show ID along with my proof of vaccination?

Yes, you will need to show government issued identification along with your proof of vaccination. i.e.  driver’s license, Medicare card, birth certificate, government ID, etc.


Can a negative test be used instead of proof of vaccination?

No.  Individuals must show proof of vaccination.


I’ve lost my Record of Immunization, how do I get a new one?

If you have lost your Record of COVID-19 Immunization and you require a replacement copy, provided you have an NB Medicare number, you may now view and print your Record of COVID-19 Immunization online through MyHealthNB.

If you already created a MyHealthNB account to access your COVID-19 test results, you do not have to register again. Log in to access your COVID-19 vaccinations.  It may take up to five business days after your vaccination appointment for immunization records to be processed and appear in MyHealthNB.

As of July 12th registration sheets are provided at vaccination appointments in community pharmacies and Horizon or Vitalité vaccination clinics, to allow individuals 16 or older with an NB Medicare card, to register for a MyHealthNB account and securely access their COVID-19 information. Children under 16 with a New Brunswick Medicare number can also receive a registration sheet, to allow a parent/guardian to add the child to their MyHealthNB account using the child’s registration code and view their COVID-19 information.

If you received your immunization at a pharmacy, contact the pharmacy.

More information is available on the COVID-19 vaccination website.

 

 

Information for businesses and organizations

What businesses and organizations need to verify proof of vaccinations?

Businesses and organizations in the following areas or offering the following services will need to verify proof of vaccination from all patrons, customers and participants.

  • Indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events
  • Indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs, and bars
  • Nightclubs, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys and casinos
  • Movie theatres
  • Gyms, indoor group exercise, indoor pools, and recreation facilities
  • Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities
  • Long-term care facilities


Will my business need to keep records or collecting information?

There will be no collection of information or keeping of records.


Can a business be fined? 

A business failing to comply with the requirement to check vaccination status of patrons exemption would commit offences and would be subject to a fine from an enforcement officers. 


What are the fines?

These offences would be a Category B offence under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act with fines ranging from $172.50 to $772.50 (these include a 20% victim surcharge and a $4.50 administrative fee.)


How will this be monitored to ensure people and businesses are complying?

Enforcement officers can randomly visit the locations listed in the regulation to confirm compliance with the regulation.


Who can I reach out to if I have other questions?

Business owners with questions about the rules may contact the Business Navigators at 1-833-799-7966 or nav@navnb.ca.

More information is available on OpportunitiesNB’s website

 

 

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