How to get vaccinated for COVID-19
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Last updated: January 5, 2022
Getting vaccinated is easy
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.
Once you've registered, you'll be able to book an appointment using your confirmation number. Booking an appointment online or by phone is easy, convenient and guarantees your vaccination at the clinic.
If needed, you can easily reschedule your appointment online.
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.
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 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.
You can get a flu shot at any time before or after the COVID-19 vaccine. Find a flu clinic.
Ages 12 to 17
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
Ages 5 to 11
Parents who register their child will be invited to book an appointment. Health authorities are operating child-friendly clinics, with extended hours after school and in the evenings.
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 56 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.
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 and meet the criteria will receive a third dose of vaccine.
Have had a solid-organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressive therapy:
- Have had a solid organ transplant. May include a heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas or islet cells, bowel or combination organ transplant
Are on active treatment for solid tumour or hematologic malignancies (like myeloma or leukemia):
- Since January 2020 have received an anti-CD20 drug for a malignant condition
- Since March 2020, have received or are receiving systemic therapy (including chemotherapy, molecular therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies including CAR-T, monoclonal antibodies, hormonal therapy for cancer). This includes solid tumours as well as hematologic cancers within this time period
- Since October 2020, have received or are receiving radiation therapy for cancer
Have had a hematopoietic stem cell transplant:
- Since September 2019, have had bone marrow or stem cell transplant or are still taking immunosuppressant medications related to transplant
Have moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency:
- Have combined immune deficiencies affecting T-cells, immune dysregulation (particularly familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis) or those with type 1 interferon defects (caused by a genetic primary immunodeficiency disorder or secondary to anti-interferon autoantibodies)
- Have a moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency which has been diagnosed by an adult or pediatric immunologist and requires ongoing immunoglobulin replacement therapy (IVIG or SCIG) or the primary immunodeficiency has a confirmed genetic cause (e.g. DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
Prior AIDS defining illness or prior CD4 count ≤ 200/mm3 or prior CD4 fraction ≤ 15% or any detectable plasma viral load since January 2021 or HIV infection and ≥ 65 years old or perinatally acquired HIV infection.
Are on active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies:
- Since January 2020, been treated with anti-CD20 agents: rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab, obinutuzumab, ibritumomab, tositumomab
- Since January 2020, been treated with B-cell depleting agents: epratuzumab, MEDI-551, belimumab, BR3-Fc, AMG-623, atacicept, anti-BR3, alemtuzumab
- Since December 15, 2020 been treated with biologics: abatacept, adalimumab, anakinra, benralizumab, brodalumab, canakinumab, certolizumab, dupilumab, etanercept, golimumab, guselkumab, infliximab, interferon products (alpha, beta, and pegylated forms), ixekizumab, mepolizumab, natalizumab, omalizumab, resilizumab, risankizumab, sarilumab, secukinumab, tildrakizumab, tocilizumab, ustekinumab, or vedolizumab
- Since December 15, 2020 been treated with oral immune-suppressing drugs: azathioprine, baricitinib, cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine, leflunomide, dimethyl fumerate, everolimus, fingolimod, mycophenolate, siponimod, sirolimus, tacrolimus, tofacitinib, upadacitinib, methotrexate, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, methylprednisolone, or teriflunomide
- Since December 15, 2020 been treated with steroids orally or by injection on an ongoing basis: dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, or prednisone
- Since December 15, 2020, been treated with immune-suppressing Infusions/injections: cladribine, cyclophosphamide, glatiramer, methotrexate
Are on dialysis and/or with severe kidney or renal disease:
- On dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) or have stage 5 chronic kidney disease (eGFR <15ml/min or have glomerulonephritis and receiving steroid treatment
You will be contacted by the provincial Get Vaccinated system about how and when to book a third dose, about 4 weeks after you receive your second dose.
- If you've selected email or SMS communication, you'll be sent a link to book an appointment online
- If you've asked to be contacted by phone, a call centre agent will call you to book an appointment
If you believe you meet the criteria of people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and haven't been contacted, get in touch with your health care provider.
You don't need a third dose to be considered fully vaccinated on your BC Vaccine Card.
An mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is offered at all vaccine clinics. If you received AstraZeneca for your first dose, there are no safety concerns if you want to get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as your second dose.
A limited supply of AstraZeneca will soon be available at a small number of clinics in B.C. You can go on a waiting list to get AstraZeneca for dose 1 or 2. Before making your decision, we recommend you review information on second dose vaccine choice from the BCCDC.
Getting AstraZeneca for dose 1
Getting AstraZeneca for dose 2
If you received AstraZeneca for your first dose, your local health authority will contact you to book an appointment for a second dose of the same vaccine.
Even if you've already had COVID-19 and recovered, you should still get vaccinated.
If you were recently infected, you can get the vaccine:
- After you have completed your self-isolation period
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms started (or since the date of your positive test, if you did not have any symptoms)