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COVID-19 vaccine information

COVID-19 vaccine information

 

Everyone 12 + (born in 2009 or earlier) can get their first and second dose of the vaccine by drop-in or by appointment. Visit our COVID-19 Immunization Clinic page for clinic locations and times.

If you prefer, you can also register and book your appointment for your first dose. You only need to register once.

 

Where can I get information on the BC vaccine card?

You now need proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses. The easiest way to show proof is using the BC Vaccine Card. Get your card today

When should I get my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

People will receive a notification that they can book or drop in for their second dose approximately four weeks (28 days) after their first dose. See clinic locations and drop in hours here.

Receiving a second dose at 28 days is particularly important in communities experiencing an outbreak or high-transmission of COVID-19.

If you are not in a region experiencing an outbreak or high transmission, Public Health encourages you to wait from six weeks (42 days) to eight weeks (56 days) to get your second dose. Evidence shows that waiting this long may provide stronger and longer lasting protection.

How can I update and access my COVID-19 Immunization Record?

If you have already received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine outside of B.C., click the button here to update your immunization records.

Need to access your COVID-19 Immunization Record online?

Your immunization records are entered into the Provincial Immunization Registry. This usually takes about two days after you receive a vaccination.

Once entered in the Provincial Immunization Registry you can access your immunization record online through Health Gateway. Registration to Health Gateway is required in order to access your records.

Where can I get the AstraZeneca vaccine?

The B.C. Ministry of Health has provided updated guidance that pharmacists may administer AstraZeneca vaccine as a first dose in two circumstances, since a documented referral is no longer mandatory:

  • To individuals with a contraindication to the mRNA vaccines
  • To individuals who refuse mRNA vaccines but without contraindication, who indicate that they will only be vaccinated against COVID-19 with AstraZeneca vaccine

To find a pharmacy within Interior Health that can provide AstraZeneca, visit the BC Pharmacy page: AstraZenca in Pharmacies.

What should I expect when I get my vaccination?

Here’s how to prepare for vaccination:

  • Read the COVID-19 Vaccine Health File. Your immunizer will also go over this information and answer any of your questions.
  • Bring your BC Services Card/Personal Health Number and photo ID, if you have them.
  • Wear clothing that allows access to your upper shoulder area.
  • Wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask, we will provide you with one.

Your appointment will take about 30 minutes.

Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell, experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache), or if you have been asked to self-isolate. If you need to cancel, phone the call centre to reschedule you appointment.

Does Interior Health need more immunizers to support vaccine clinics?

Yes, Interior Health is currently asking qualified clinicians (including retired physicians, pharmacists and nurses) who are interested in being immunizers and supporting the vaccination campaign to submit their contact information through our Online Immunizer Form.