How to get vaccinated for COVID-19
Getting vaccinated is easy and safe. Spread the word and help your friends and family get vaccinated.
Last updated: September 13, 2021
Getting your first dose is easy
You can register yourself or someone else, like a parent or grandparent. We will never ask you for your SIN, driver's licence number or banking and credit card details.
Fastest option: Register online
To register online, you must provide:
- First and last name
- Date of birth
- Postal code
- Personal Health Number
- An email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages
Find your Personal Health Number on the back of your B.C. driver's licence, BC Services Card or CareCard.
Register online It takes 2 minutes
Other registration options
If you don't have a Personal Health Number, you need to register by phone. A Personal Health Number will be created for you.
Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Translators are available
Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT)
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.
We want everyone to get vaccinated, even if you don’t have a Personal Health Number or other documentation.
It doesn't matter if you are a Canadian citizen or not. Register even if you have already received dose 1 in another location. All of your information will be kept private and will never be shared with other agencies or parts of government.
Book your appointment online or by phone
Using your confirmation number, select a location, date and time. You can do this online or by phone.
If needed, you can easily reschedule your appointment online.
Under the Infants Act, you can give consent as a mature minor to receive health care, like getting a vaccine. If you feel more comfortable getting vaccinated with a trusted adult, they can come with you to your vaccination. When you arrive at the clinic, you will complete a check-in process. It's also a good idea to bring one piece of child identification, for example:
- BC Services card
- B.C. driver's licence
- School ID card
- Birth certificate
- Bank card
We recommend you review information on COVID-19 vaccine safety from HealthlinkBC before your clinic visit. You can expect to be at the clinic for 30 to 60 minutes in total.
Get ready for your appointment:
- You do not need to fast. Be sure to drink water
- Bring your booking confirmation and photo ID
- Wear a short-sleeved shirt and a mask. You will be provided a mask if you need one
- Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time
You can bring one person with you for support. All clinics are wheelchair accessible.
During the appointment
At the clinic you will:
- Check-in with your photo ID and booking confirmation. For modesty, you can ask for a private location to get your shot
- Get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine dose. A choice will not be offered
- If it's your second dose, the clinic will try to match you with the same vaccine
- Wait in an observation area after your shot for about 15 minutes
After your appointment, review COVID-19 Vaccination Aftercare (PDF, 953KB) from the BCCDC.
To get the most effective protection against serious cases of COVID-19, you need two doses of vaccine. You're not fully protected until you've have both doses.
Approximately 28 days after your first dose, you will get an invitation by text, email or phone call to book your second dose appointment. Like your first appointment, you'll select a location, date and time.
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.
If you want to get Pfizer or Moderna for your second dose, you must be registered with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system.
I got my first dose at a local pharmacy
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.
I didn't get my first dose at a local pharmacy
You can book an appointment online or by phone at a pharmacy in your community.
Pharmacies are listed by health authority region.
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People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems will generally have lower antibody responses from two COVID-19 vaccine doses. Studies show that giving a third dose to complete the initial vaccine series can help these individuals create antibodies to protect them from COVID-19.
People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised will receive a third dose of vaccine. The first group to be provided with a third dose will be those most at risk. The first group includes people who:
- Have had a solid organ transplant
- Have received treatment for lymphoma or a malignant hematological condition (like myeloma or leukemia) in January 2021 or later
- Have received treatment with any anti-CD20 agents (such as rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab, obinutuzumab, ibritumomab or tositumomab) in January 2020 or later
- Have been treated on B-cell depleting agents (such as epratuzumab, MEDI-551, belimumab, BR3-Fc, AMG-623, Atacicept, anti-BR3 or alemtuzumab) in January 2020 or later
- Have combined immune deficiencies affecting T-cells, immune dysregulation or type 1 interferon defects
- Have had bone marrow or stem cell transplant in September 2019 or later, or are still taking immunosuppressant medications related to transplant
Get your third dose
You will be contacted by the provincial Get Vaccinated system about how and when to receive a third dose. After receiving an email or text, you can visit any vaccine clinic for a drop-in appointment four weeks after your second dose. Starting October 6, you can also book an appointment online or by phone.
If you believe you meet the first group criteria of severely immunocompromised patients and have not been contacted by September 17, get in touch with your health care provider.
BC Vaccine Card
You do not need a third dose to be considered fully vaccinated on your BC Vaccine Card. It is based on whether you have your first dose by September 13 and your second dose by October 24.