How to get vaccinated for COVID-19

To get vaccinated against COVID-19, you must register with the provincial Get Vaccinated system.

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Last updated: July 14, 2022

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Register with the Get Vaccinated system

You can register yourself or someone else, like a parent, grandparent or child. We will never ask you for your SIN, driver's licence number or banking and credit card details.

Fastest option: Online 

To register online, you must provide:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth 
  • Postal code
  • Personal Health Number (PHN)
  • An email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages

Find your PHN on the back of your B.C. driver's licence, BC Services Card or CareCard. 

Register online It takes 2 minutes.

Other registration and booking options

If you don't have a Personal Health Number (PHN), you need to register by phone. A PHN will be created for you.

Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Translators are available

Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT)

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.

You can register in-person at all Service BC offices. 

Office hours vary by location. Check before you go. 

Everyone can get vaccinated, even if you don’t have a PHN or other documentation. It doesn't matter if you are a Canadian citizen or not.

Register even if you have already received a dose 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

After you register, we send you a booking invitation link. Use the link to book your vaccine appointment online or by phone. It's easy and guarantees your spot at a community pharmacy or vaccination clinic near you.

If you've already been vaccinated against COVID-19 in another province or country, make sure your B.C. vaccination records are up-to-date.

Getting your next doses

When you're eligible for your next dose, we send you another booking invitation. Like your first appointment, you'll select a location, date and time. You'll get invitations:

  • Approximately 56 days after your first dose, to get your second dose
  • Six months after your second dose, to get a booster dose

You're encouraged to bring your immunization record card or show your online immunization record on Health Gateway at your appointment.


What to expect at your appointment

Review COVID-19 vaccine safety information from HealthLink BC before your appointment. Plan to be at your appointment for 15 to 30 minutes.

Arrive prepared 

Get ready for your appointment:

  • You don't 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

During the appointment

At the pharmacy or 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
  • Wait in an observation area after your shot for about 15 minutes

After your appointment, review COVID-19 Vaccination Aftercare (PDF, 953KB) from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.


I need help

If you're 18 or older and would prefer a non-mRNA vaccine, you can get the Novavax vaccine or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

I haven't been vaccinated yet

If you haven't had dose 1 yet:

  • Register with the Get Vaccinated system
  • Call 1-833-838-2323 to book a non-mRNA appointment

I already had an mRNA vaccine

You can get a non-mRNA vaccine for your second dose or booster:

  • Wait until you receive your dose 2 or booster booking invitation
  • Call 1-833-838-2323 to book a non-mRNA appointment

Even if you've already had COVID-19 and recovered, you should still get vaccinated.

If you were recently sick, you can get the vaccine once your symptoms have passed.

If you have an appointment but you still have symptoms, reschedule for when you will be fully recovered.

 

I need to reschedule my appointment

Rescheduling your appointment is easy and can be done online 24 hours a day. 

Reschedule my appointment Note: You must have your confirmation number.

Call 1-833-838-2323. The call centre team can correct the information for you.

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

Do not register again.

 

I got dose one or two in another province or country

If you got one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in another province or country, you must:

Submit immunization record