Get your booster dose

Everyone 18 years and older will be invited to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, starting with people most at risk.

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Last updated: November 29, 2021

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Why you need a booster dose

A booster dose is an additional shot of vaccine that helps you maintain and lengthen your protection against COVID-19. When you get a booster dose, you're helping protect you and the people around you from COVID-19.

All booster doses will be mRNA vaccines

You will receive either the Moderna or Pfizer (mRNA) vaccine for your booster dose. These vaccines are interchangeable.

If you received AstraZeneca for your first or second dose, you will receive Moderna or Pfizer for your booster.

When you can get your booster dose

The timing of your booster dose is based on your risk level of getting COVID-19, your age and the time since your second dose. 

Once you become eligible, you remain eligible. You will not miss your opportunity to get your booster dose.


November 2021 to January 2022: Key priority groups

Seniors 70+

You will be invited to book an appointment to get your booster.

Invitations will be sent out by risk, age group (from oldest to youngest based on the year you were born) and the date of your second dose. 

Eligibility

  • People born in 1951 or earlier (70+)

Indigenous people 18+

You will be invited to book an appointment to get your booster if you are registered with the Get Vaccinated system. 

Invitations will be sent out by risk and the date of your second dose. 

If you haven't received a booking invitation, you might not be registered. Register now.


Eligibility

  • Indigenous people born in 2003 or earlier (18+)

Rural and remote Indigenous communities

Get a booster dose in your community from your local health authority.


Eligibility

  • People who live in rural and remote Indigenous communities

People receiving care

Get a booster from a health care worker who visits you.


Eligibility

  • Residents in independent living facilities
  • People who receive long-term home support

Health care workers 

Get a booster from your employer or at a clinic.


Eligibility

  • Health care workers who received their second dose on or before March 15

People who got AstraZeneca

You will be invited to book an appointment to get your booster.

Invitations will be sent out by the date of your second dose. 

If you haven't received a booking invitation, you might not be registered. Register now.


Eligibility

  • People who got AstraZeneca for both dose 1 and dose 2

January 2022 onwards: Everyone in B.C.

Starting in January 2022, people 18 years and older will get a booking invitation between 6 to 8 months after the date of their second dose. First and second vaccine doses will continue to protect you from COVID-19 until you get a booster dose.

You must be invited to book an appointment. You can't go to a drop-in clinic for boosters.


Get ready for your booster dose

To get your booking invitation, you must be registered with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system and your immunization record must be up-to-date.

If you're not sure, confirm your information as soon as possible.

Booking an appointment

When it's time to get your booster dose, you can book an appointment at a vaccine clinic or pharmacy. Like you did for dose 1 or dose 2, use your confirmation number to select a location, date and time. You can do this online or by phone.

If you want to get your booster dose at the same time as a family member, you must both book an appointment.


I need help

Phone the call centre if you have questions or if you don't know if you're registered with the Get Vaccinated system

Call: 1-833-838-2323 Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT) | Translators are available

Outside Canada and the USA: 1-604-681-4261

Telephone for the Deaf: Dial 711

Video Relay Services (VRS) provides sign language interpretation free for registered deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired people.