You are not obliged to use the VaxiCode application to meet the vaccine passport requirement. You can also show a PDF or a printed copy of your QR code. To learn more about PDF and paper format, which can be ordered, see the section on How the vaccine passport works.
The application VaxiCode, intended for public use, must be downloaded on a smart phone or a tablet. It is free and available in the App Store for Apple devices and on Google Play for Android devices. VaxiCode is the only application for the public that is recognized by the Québec government that contains up-to-date info on public health rules. The application is free and secure.
For the application to work on Apple devices, you must have an iPod Touch, an iPhone 6 or an iPad with iOS 11 software installed. Any more recent version will also work.
For the application to work on Android devices, version 8.1 or later must be installed.
A standard Internet connection is necessary for downloading and updating the application. It is important to keep on top of updates to ensure the application is working properly and displaying the most recent QR code, for example in the event of a change in public health recommendations. By updating the application, the latest public health recommendations will be included. It is strongly recommended to connect the device to the Internet so updates are done automatically every day.
The latest version of the application is 1.0.4 on iOS and 1.04 on Android.
Your data is protected. When you register a proof of vaccination in VaxiCode, it is saved with encryption. VaxiCode does not communicate with the Internet and the proof never leaves the application, which acts as a secure wallet.
Verification by VaxiCode Verif
A person who uses VaxiCode Verif to verify your proof of vaccination cannot see your personal data. In addition to a “green” (adequately protected) or “red” (not adequately protected), VaxiCode Verif only displays the full name of the holder of the proof of vaccination. No other identifying or medical information is displayed. The person verifying the proof will not have access to your date of birth, which vaccines you have received or your COVID-19 screening test results.
Moreover, no information is saved by the telephone or tablet that scanned it at the time of verifying your proof of vaccination. Your information will be displayed for 10 seconds. No information is transmitted. There is no history of verifications of proof and no one can find out this information. Therefore, it is not possible to check your verifications, your movements or where you presented your proof.
For additional security, during a verification, it is recommended that you show only your QR code, hiding any other information. Present the QR code for your most recent dose. If you have received two doses of vaccine and present the QR code for your first dose, a "Not adequately protect" status message will appear.
Also note that other readers can read the QR code. Therefore, you must ensure that the application being used to read your QR code is VaxiCode Verif, the application authorized by the government of Québec. To do so, the application VaxiCode Verif has the “Québec” logo on the verification screen. You can ask the person verifying the proof to show you the screen of his or her device before presenting your code.
Proof of vaccination
To download your proof of vaccination to be included in the application VaxiCode Verif and learn more, see Québec.ca/proofvaccination.
COVID-19 Protection Status
Fort additional information on the criteria that determine whether you are adequately protected against COVID-19, see Québec.ca/vaccinationpassport.
Last update: September 23, 2021