COVID-19 Immunization Plan

Vaccination against COVID-19 is free for everyone 5+ in B.C.

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Last updated: May 9, 2022

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COVID-19 immunization schedule in B.C.

Getting immunized against COVID-19 requires multiple vaccine doses. Your immunization schedule may differ based on your age or health conditions.

Initial series: Dose 1 and 2

The initial COVID-19 vaccination series is two doses. Two doses are required to get your federal proof of vaccination for travel.

Get dose 1 and 2

Information for children 5 to 11

Vaccines for children use a smaller dosage of the same vaccine used for youth and adults. 

People who are immunocompromised

People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems need a third dose to complete their initial vaccine series.

Ongoing protection: Booster doses

Immunity fades over time. To maintain your protection against COVID-19, you need a booster dose 6 months after your second dose


Vaccine safety

Health Canada has a thorough approval process that makes sure all the vaccines and medicines we take are safe.

  • Vaccines are tested extensively before being approved for use
  • Health Canada continues to monitor for vaccine safety
  • No major safety concerns have been identified in the data Health Canada reviewed

Review Health Canada guidance on COVID-19 vaccine safety and side effects.


Approved vaccines

To date, 6 vaccines have been approved for use by Health Canada.


I still have questions

If you still have questions about immunization in B.C., consult your doctor or health care provider. 

If you do not have a family doctor, call 8-1-1 or visit a drop-in clinic near you.