Get your second vaccine dose

B.C. is accelerating second dose appointments for all eligible people because of increased vaccine supply.

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Last updated: June 11, 2021

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Information for people who got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine

Get invited to book an appointment

Approximately 8 weeks after your first dose, you will get an invitation by text, email or phone call to book your second dose appointment.

Second doses will follow a schedule similar to first doses

The first round of invitations will be sent to people who received their first dose in March or April.

After that, invitations will be sent to people according to when they received their first dose. For example, if you had your first dose in early May, you'll get invited to book an appointment in late June.

Like your first appointment, you'll select a location, date and time. You must have an appointment before you arrive at a clinic.

I didn't get an invitation to book my second dose

Booking invitations are sent from the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system. You must be registered with the system to get an invitation.

If you are missing your second dose booking invitation, you must register with the system once. This includes people who booked their first dose before April 6 through a health authority call centre:

  • Seniors
  • Elders
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • People who are clinically extremely vulnerable 
  • Health care workers

Register now Letters are being mailed to these people to remind them to register.

mRNA vaccine availability and choice

For the most part, if you got the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for your first dose you will get Pfizer again for your second dose.

If you got the Moderna mRNA vaccine for your first dose, you could get either Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are effectively interchangeable and are safe to mix.

If you can't remember what vaccine you got as your first dose or the date of your first dose appointment, you can check on your immunization record card or online immunization record through Health Gateway.


Information for people who got the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine

You will be contacted to book your second dose appointment approximately 8 weeks after your first dose. 

You can pick either the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD or an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your second dose. There are no safety concerns if you want to get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as your second dose. 

Before making your decision, we recommend you review information on second dose vaccine choice from the BCCDC.

I want to get AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD for my second dose

How you get your second dose of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD is based on where you got your first dose. 

If you got your first dose at a local pharmacy, no action is required on your part. Do not contact the pharmacy.

The pharmacy where you got your first dose will contact you to book your second dose appointment.

When you will be contacted is based on the date of your first dose

Date of first dose When you will be contacted
March 31 to April 13 June 7 to June 20
April 14 to April 27 June 21 to July 5
April 28 onwards July 6 onwards

Bring your immunization record card or show your online immunization record on Health Gateway at your appointment.

If you registered with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system, you can ignore the booking invitation. You don't need it to get vaccinated at a pharmacy. 

If you got your first dose at a community, neighbourhood or pop-up clinic, you will be contacted by email or SMS to book a second dose appointment at an AstraZeneca clinic.

To book your second dose appointment, follow the instructions in the email or SMS:

  • Click the booking link
  • Select a location, date and time for your appointment

You will receive your email or SMS the week of June 14.

If you can’t find an appointment time that works for your schedule, more options will be available later in the summer.

If you got your first dose at your workplace or through your employer before March 30, no action is required on your part. 

Like your first dose, your local health authority and employer will set up second dose appointments.

Information on appointments will be available soon. 

 

I want to get Pfizer or Moderna for my second dose

If you want to get Pfizer or Moderna for your second dose, you must be registered with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system.

If you've already registered, wait for your booking invitation. If you get contacted by your pharmacy, decline their appointment and let them know you are getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for your second dose.

At the clinic

Bring photo ID and your booking confirmation to your appointment. You are encouraged to also bring your immunization record card or show your online immunization record on Health Gateway.

At your appointment, you will get either Pfizer or Moderna.


I need help getting my second dose

If you have questions or aren't sure if you are registered with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system, phone the call centre. 

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