COVID-19 Immunization Plan
Vaccination against COVID-19 is free for everyone 5+ in B.C.
Last updated: May 9, 2022
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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.
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.
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.
To date, 6 vaccines have been approved for use by Health Canada.
Vaccines available in B.C.
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.