Vaccination records (also called immunization records) provide a history of all the vaccines you or your child have received.
Always keep a current immunization record for your child in a safe place. You may need the record if you register your child for daycare, summer camp, college or university and some travel.
BC residents can access their health records online using Health Gateway. It is accessible by anyone 12 and older with the BC Services Card.
Report your child’s immunization records
Vancouver Coastal Health needs to have an up-to-date record of your child’s immunizations if your child attends school or a licensed childcare facility so we can:
- Respond effectively to disease outbreaks in child-care facilities and schools.
- Recommend immunizations your child may be missing.
- Provide the best care for your child through our public health programs.
Children without vaccination records (or proof of immunity to disease) are considered unvaccinated and unprotected. Children who miss immunizations or have missing records may be asked to stay home if an infectious disease happens at their school or daycare.
- Report your child's immunization record before they start kindergarten.
- Report every time your child receives a shot from a health-care provider, such as your family doctor.
- Report your child's immunization record if you have just moved to the VCH region.
You do not need to report immunizations given to your child at a VCH community health centre or school by a public health nurse because those immunizations are automatically provided to you.
How to report your child’s immunization record to VCH
You must refer to your Child Health Passport or immunization records.
In person: Drop off a copy of your child’s immunization record at your local community health centre.
By phone: Call your community health centre to report immunizations over the phone. If you are directed to voicemail, leave the best number to be reached during the day and we’ll return your call as soon as we can.
Online: Report your child's immunization information by email by using the online immunization reporting form for children attending school
Mail or fax: Send a copy of the form by mail or fax to a community health centre near you.
- Immunization reporting form for children attending a childcare facility
- Immunization reporting form for children attending school
Immunization record cards
If your child was born in B.C., you should have received a Child Health Passport to record important health information about their child, including height and weight, illnesses, accidents, allergies, hospitalizations, and immunizations.
Tips for locating vaccination records
If you need a copy of your vaccination records, there are several places you can look.