How to get vaccinated for COVID-19
To get vaccinated against COVID-19, you must register with the Get Vaccinated system.
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Last updated: April 6, 2023
On this page:
- Register with the Get Vaccinated system
- Book your appointment
- What to expect at your appointment
- I need help
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
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 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.
Update your contact information
To make sure that you get notified when it's time for your next vaccination, it's important to keep your contact information in Get Vaccinated up-to-date.
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 needed, you can easily reschedule your appointment online
- If you can't find your booking link, you can get a new one
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.
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 your vaccine dose
- 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 12 or older and would prefer a non-mRNA vaccine, you can get the Novavax vaccine. If you're 18 and older you can also choose the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Select the non-mRNA vaccine option when you book your appointment online.
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.
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.
If you got one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in another province or country, you must:
- Register with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system
- Submit proof of an official immunization record. It will be entered into the Provincial Immunization Registry