Proof of Vaccination Ordinance Requirements

As of February 1, 2022, you must show proof of vaccination to go into many indoor facilities, including bars, restaurants, clubs, and gyms.

Date Posted: January 5th, 2022 @ 12:41 PM
Last Updated: January 18th, 2022 @ 3:55 PM

On December 21, 2022, the Oakland City Council passed an emergency ordinance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 that requires people to show proof of vaccination to enter many indoor facilities. Businesses are required to post a notice by January 15, 2022 and the ordinance goes into effect on February 1, 2022.

Where Proof of Vaccination is Required

You will be required to show proof that you have been vaccinated to enter some indoor places in Oakland, like:

  • Establishments or events where food or drink is served including restaurants, bars, coffee houses, clubs, and banquet halls
  • Entertainment venues including theaters, concert venues, museums, and recreation facilities
  • Gyms, fitness centers and yoga studios
  • Senior adult care facilities and City senior programs
  • City Hall*
  • Large indoor events at city and privately-owned facilities

* In the case of City Hall entry only, a patron may show proof of a recent Negative COVID-19 Test (within 72 hours of entry) and Photo ID in lieu of showing proof of vaccination.

Valid Forms of Vaccination Proof

Vaccination Proof can be an original, copy or picture of your vaccination card from the CDC, a healthcare provider, or a government agency or a digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California. Vaccination proof will be cross checked with a valid Photo ID (if over 18).

You may be exempt from these requirements if you are entitled to a reasonable accommodation for a medical condition. To qualify, you will need to show verification of medical exemption, proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, and photo identification.

For Businesses

If you run a business that is required to verify vaccination, here is a poster you can download and print out. You will need to have these notices displayed by January 15, 2022.

This template in multiple languages can be used by businesses to help them comply with the Ordinance requirement for protocol documentation that needs to be retained for one year.

For additional information, refer to these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in multiple languages.