COVID-19 vaccination

Understand your COVID-19 vaccine options and find out what to expect when you book an appointment.

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Last updated: September 27, 2023

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How to get vaccinated for COVID-19

1. 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 Social Insurance Number, 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

Monday to Friday, 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.

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. 

2. Book my vaccine appointment

After you register, we will send you a booking invitation link. Use the link to book your vaccine appointment online or by phone.

3. What to expect at my 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
  • Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time

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 your vaccine dose
  • Wait in an observation area after your shot for about 15 minutes

4. After my appointment 

Review COVID-19 vaccination aftercare instructions from the BC Centre for Disease Control.  

Initial vaccination series

For most people, their initial vaccination was 2 doses of vaccine offered approximately 56 days apart. In 2021, this offered very good protection from severe illness related to COVID-19, but protection decreases over time. 

Additional vaccine doses

Getting an additional COVID-19 vaccine is part of your routine health care and offers very good protection from severe illness related to COVID-19. 

Updated COVID-19 vaccines that will be available in fall 2023 will provide protection against the latest variants of SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 

For full protection, everyone 5 and older can get an additional dose, even if you've had COVID-19. You will be offered an updated vaccine in fall 2023.

It doesn't matter what vaccine you received for your initial vaccination series. 

How do I get an additional dose?

You must be registered with the Get Vaccinated system to get an invitation. 

If you received an invitation for vaccination this summer, you can book an appointment online or call the call centre. However, you will likely need to wait at least 6 months between your last and next doses for the best protection, so this may impact when you are able to get your next COVID-19 vaccination in fall 2023. 

I don't have my invitation

Understand my vaccine options

Health Canada has a thorough approval process to make sure all the vaccines and medicines we take are safe. To date, 6 vaccines have been approved for use by Health Canada. 


I want a non-mRNA vaccine

If you're 12 or older and would prefer a non-mRNA vaccine, there is limited supply of Novavax vaccine available in pharmacies. A new non-mRNA vaccine will be available this fall that offers better protection against the latest variants.

If you would like Novavax now, select the non-mRNA vaccine option when you book your appointment online or phone the call centre.

COVID-19 vaccines are an important part of your child's routine vaccination schedule.

Your child can get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other childhood vaccines, including the influenza (flu) vaccine. If you have multiple children, they each need an appointment.

Plan to be at the appointment with your child for 15 to 30 minutes. 

Give consent at the vaccine appointment

Consent is required for children to get a COVID-19 vaccine. You'll be asked to provide consent at the appointment.

Consent for a child can be provided by a:

  • Parent, legal guardian or foster parent
  • Custodial caregiver like a grandparent or relative

Only one parent, legal guardian or foster parent is required to give consent.

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

Everyone who is eligible can be safely vaccinated against COVID-19, although a very small number of people may need to delay vaccination if they have severe allergies to parts of the vaccine.

If you have concerns, discuss with your health care provider about how you can safely receive the vaccines. 

Visit BC Centre for Disease Control's vaccine considerations page to learn more.


My immunization record

When you get vaccinated, your information will be entered into the electronic Provincial Immunization Registry. You can access your immunization record online or request a printed copy by phone or at a Service BC office


Register for Health Gateway to view or update your vaccination records and download your proof of vaccination documents.

You need a BC services card to register.


Call 1-833-838-2323 to request a mailed copy of your immunization record.

In person at a Service BC office: 

You can get a printed copy of your immunization record at all Service BC offices.

Proof of vaccination is no longer required to access businesses, events and services in B.C.

Update my record

If you got vaccinated outside B.C., you should add your records to the Provincial Immunization Registry. This helps to ensure that you get notified when it's time to book your next appointment.

Submit or update your vaccination records.


Vaccine safety

Health Canada has a thorough approval process to make 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.

I need help

You must be registered with the Get Vaccinated system to get an invitation. If you haven't yet received or can't find your invitation:

Re-send your booking link

Phone the call centre if you have questions about your COVID-19 vaccination options and need help booking an appointment. Phone agents can't answer questions about the best timing for your next dose. 

Call: 1-833-838-2323Monday to Friday, 7 am to 7 pm. Translators are available.

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

Telephone for the Deaf: Dial 711

Video Relay Services (VRS) sign language interpretation is free for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired.