COVID-19 protection status

Requirements to be considered “adequately protected” in Québec

The vaccination passport indicates whether you are adequately protected against COVID-19, based on the information in your proof of vaccination.

When the QR code on an adequately protected person’s proof of vaccination is scanned, an "Adequately protected" status message will display in green.

The "Adequately protected" status message displays in green when one of the following situations applies:

  • you received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Covishield), not exceeding the recommended minimum interval between them, at least seven days ago;
  • you received a dose of Janssen COVID-19 14 or more days ago;
  • you received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, one of which may be unauthorized in Canada and the other a messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), not exceeding the recommended minimum interval between them, at least 7 days ago; 
  • you received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Covishield) at least 21 days after contracting COVID-19, confirmed by a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), and it has been at least 7 days since you received the dose;

People who have contraindications recognized by the Québec Immunization Protocol to all COVID-19 vaccines available in Québec or who participated in the Medicago Inc. clinical trials, as indicated in Order in Council 1173-2021 (PDF 80 Kb) will also see their QR code show green. Even if they are not adequately protected, they are considered as such for the purposes of the vaccine passport.

For people recommended to have three doses, their vaccine passport says they are adequately protected once they have received their second dose.

If you do not meet the criteria to be considered adequately protected, a "Not adequately protected" status message will display in red when your QR code is scanned. To avoid having this happen and to obtain "Adequately protected" status, you can:

QR code for people who have had COVID-19

The digital proof of vaccination displays information on people who have had COVID-19 if the infection was confirmed by a test NAAT and if the person has received one dose of vaccine.

The digital proof of vaccination is designed to provide information regarding the vaccine you received. If you contracted COVID-19 but have not yet been vaccinated, make an appointment to get your first dose or go to a walk-in clinic. For more information, visit the page Québec.ca/covidvaccine.

The results of positive tests performed outside Québec are not taken into account in the proof of vaccination. Since the approved tests and measures to confirm that a person had COVID-19 vary from one province and country to another, it is not possible to determine whether the person meets the criteria to be considered a confirmed COVID-19 case in Québec.

See Vaccination for people who have had COVID-19 for further information.

QR code for individuals who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19

Only the contraindications listed below make you eligible for a valid (green) QR code. The contraindication must be confirmed by a physician or specialized nurse practitioner (SNP):

  • Allergy to all the COVID-19 vaccines available in Québec (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Covishield), confirmed by a healthcare professional
  • Myocarditis or pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination

No other clinical situations will be considered for exemption to the vaccine passport. Please make an appointment to start or continue your vaccination or see your healthcare provider for more information.

Procedure

To receive your QR code if you have a contraindication to the vaccine:

  1. Make sure you have one of the two valid contraindications.
  2. Attempt to download a new version of your QR code using the self-service electronic proof of vaccination portal This hyperlink will open in a new window..
  3. If your contraindication does not appear on your proof of vaccination, see your physician or specialized nurse practitioner (SNP).
  4. If your application is accepted, someone will call you to let you know you can download your new proof of vaccination with your QR code. You can also check whether your proof of vaccination is ready via the self-service electronic proof of vaccination portal This hyperlink will open in a new window..

QR code for individuals who participated in the Medicago Inc. clinical trial

Individuals who participated in the clinical research and development trials of the Medicago COVID-19 vaccine candidate may also obtain a QR code admitting them to places and activities requiring a vaccine passport. Participants should contact their research centre for more information.

QR code for residents of Québec vaccinated outside Québec

People vaccinated outside Québec and residing in Québec must first record their vaccination in the Québec Vaccination Registry. Once they have done so, they will receive their digital proof of vaccination. To learn more about the registration procedure, see the page Vaccinated for COVID-19 outside Québec: using the Vaccination Registry.

See Instructions for travellers to Québec for any questions regarding the use of the proof of vaccination in relation to travelling.

Last update: November 24, 2021

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Information on the website in no way replaces the opinion of a health professional. If you have questions concerning your health status, consult a professional.

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