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COVID-19 vaccine information

COVID-19 vaccine information
We are now asking people 60+ (born in 1961 or earlier), an Aboriginal person 18+, or a person who is clinically extremely vulnerable who has received a patient invitation letter to register for their vaccine appointment.

Please note that you will not book your appointment at the time of registration. You will receive a confirmation number when you register, and you will be notified by email, text, or by phone to book your appointment based on your age, B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan phases, and vaccine supply.

People aged 55 to 65 (born in 1956 to 1966) may get the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine at eligible pharmacies with vaccine supply.

Participating pharmacies are listed on the BC Pharmacy Association website. Appointments are booked directly with pharmacies. They cannot be booked through the Get Immunized COVID-19 vaccine appointment booking phone line/online booking tool.

The three steps to get vaccinated

Step 1: Register

First, you register and get a confirmation number. You need that number to later book your vaccination appointment.

Step 2: Book your appointment

You will be notified by email, text, or by phone to book your vaccine appointment based on your age and our Immunization Plan phases. You will book your appointment online or by phone. You will select a location, date and time.

Step 3: Get your vaccine

Visit the vaccine clinic to get your vaccine dose.

People who get their first vaccine dose will be notified by email, text or phone call when they are eligible to book an appointment for their second dose.

How to register for your vaccine appointment

You can register for yourself or someone else who needs assistance. Everyone 18 and older is eligible to be vaccinated, even if you don’t have a Personal Health Number.

Public health will never share your information with any other agencies or parts of government. You will never be asked for your Social Insurance Number (SIN), driver’s license number or banking and credit card details

Register Online with a Personal Health Number

You can register 24 hours a day.

To register online, you must provide:

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

Find your Personal Health Number on the back of your B.C. driver’s license or BC Services Card. 

Register by Phone

Call: 1-833-838-2323

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

The provincial call centre can also help if you feel more comfortable registering over the phone.

Please have the following information ready:

  • legal name
  • date of birth
  • postal code
  • your personal health number (PHN) on the back of your B.C. driver’s license or BC services cards, if you have one. You do not require a PHN to register by phone.
  • current contact information, including an email address you or your family checks regularly

Register at a Service BC office

You register in-person at all Service BC offices. Check office hours before you go.

What should I expect at my vaccine appointment?

Here’s how to prepare for your appointment:

  • 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.

Important reminder: Public health orders remain in effect for everyone, including those who have received their vaccine. Please continue to avoid gatherings, wear masks, avoid non-essential travel and practice good hand hygiene and physical distancing.

Vaccines for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable

People aged 16 to 74 who are determined to be part of the clinically extremely vulnerable group will receive an invitation letter in the mail signed by Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer. Letters will be mailed starting March 24. Everyone should receive their letter by April 15.

The letter will be mailed to your home address on file with your Personal Health Number. Appointments can be booked starting March 29 after you receive your letter. You will need to bring this letter with you to your appointment.

Before you book, please review the BCCDC information on Vaccinations for special patient populations to help you plan your vaccine with considerations for your health condition.

If you have not received your patient letter by April 15, it may be because:

  • You recently moved to B.C.
  • You received treatment in another province
  • You didn’t get medication through The BC PharmaNet system
  • Your home address on file is outdated

Starting April 15, you can try booking an appointment using the online Get Vaccinated registration and booking tool or call centre. Using your Personal Health Number, the registration system or phone agent will confirm if you’re eligible. 

If the registration system doesn’t confirm your eligibility and you believe you should be included on the clinically extremely vulnerable list, contact your doctor or primary care provider. They will help you. 

More information is available at the Government of BC vaccines for people who are extremely vulnerable page.

Vaccines for residents of communities eligible for community-specific clinics

The provincial COVID-19 vaccine roll-out includes special coordination for rural and
remote communities. Find eligible communities on our Taking a community approach page. People may be expected to provide identification to prove they reside in the applicable region.

Vaccines for health-care workers

For information on health-care worker eligibility, please see our Vaccine Information for Health-Care Worker page. Health-care workers should not phone the call centre to register.

Vaccines for priority frontline workers

Front-line priority workers

Starting in April, front-line priority workers can receive their first dose of vaccine. Front-line priority workers identified by public health currently include:

  • First responders (police, firefighters, emergency transport)
  •  K to 12 educational staff
  • Child care staff
  • Grocery store workers
  • Postal workers
  • Bylaw and quarantine officers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Wholesale/warehousing employees
  • Staff living in congregate housing at places like ski hills
  • Correctional facilities staff
  • Cross-border transport staff
  • Sectors or settings prioritized due to outbreak response (currently happening)

If you are a front-line priority worker, do not call Interior Health or our call centre. All vaccine appointments will be organized by employers. Appointment information will be communicated clearly and directly to each sector and employer. 

Who else is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

In March and April, COVID-19 immunizations are being provided to people receiving long-term home support, and people who receive services through Community Living B.C. We are also working with the provincial government and local partners to provide immunizations to those living and working in:

  • Independent living
  • Seniors supportive living settings
  • Shelters
  • Adult group homes
  • Correctional facilities

When can other groups expect to get the vaccine?

Interior Health is now in phase 2 of the immunization plan. Please refer to the B.C. Government’s immunization plan for approximate timelines of all phases.

If you missed your opportunity to be immunized in an earlier phase, you are always eligible and may register for your immunization appointment in later phases.

Who can I talk to about COVID-19 services?

Talk to a Service BC agent about non-health related information and services.

Text: 1-604-630-0300

Dial: 1-888-COVID19

Service is available 7:30 am to 8 pm. Standard message and data rates may apply.

You can also use the Digital Agent (visible in the lower left corner of this website) to chat online about COVID-19.

Where can I learn more about the vaccine?

Immunize BC is a trusted source of information on the COVID-19 vaccines.

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.

What are the locations of Interior Health Immunization Clinics?

A number of rural and remote communities are eligible for community specific clinics. Please visit our page Taking a Community Specific Approach for a list of these communities.

CommunityClinic LocationEligibilityClinic Dates
100 Mile HouseSouth Cariboo Community Health CouncilBy age cohortMon, March 15 to Tues, March 30
100 Mile HouseCommunity HallBy age cohortMon, April 12 - ongoing
Alexis CreekAlexis Creek Community Hall 2620 Stum Lake Rd, Alexis CreekCommunity SpecificThurs, April 8 to Fri, April 9
ArmstrongSt. Joseph's HallBy age cohortWeds, March 24 - ongoing
AshcroftAshcroft HubCommunity SpecificMon, April 26 to Thurs, May 6
BalfourBalfour Community HallCommunity SpecificThurs, April 15 to Sat, April 17
BarriereBarriere Senior Centre 4431 Barriere Town Road, BarriereCommunity SpecificTues, March 16 to Fri, April 30
Beaverdell5841 Beaverdell Hwy 33Community SpecificMon, April 12
Big Lake RanchBig Lake Ranch Community Hall 4056 Lakeview Rd, Big Lake RanchBy age cohortMon, March 22 to Wed, April 7
Blue RiverBlue River - Location TBCCommunity SpecificThurs, May 13
CastlegarSelkirk CollegeBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
CelistaCelista Community Hall 5456 Squilax-Anglemont Rd, CelistaCommunity SpecificTues, April 6 to Sat, April 10
ChaseChase Community HallBy age cohortThurs, March 18 to Weds, March 31
ChaseArt Holding Memorial Arena, 221 Shepherd Ave, ChaseCommunity SpecificMon, April 12 to Wed, April 21
ClearwaterClearwater Community Health CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 to Mon, March 29
ClearwaterWells Gray Curling Club 428 Murtle Crescent, ClearwaterCommunity SpecificMon, April 12 to Wed, April 21
ClintonClinton Health Centre 1510 Cariboo Hwy, ClintonCommunity SpecificWeds, March 17 to Mon, April 19
CranbrookCranbrook Curling CenterBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
Crawford Bay Crawford Bay School 16150 Walkley Rd, Crawford BayCommunity SpecificTo be confirmed
CrestonCreston Health CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 - Ongoing
ElkfordElkford Health CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 to Sunday, April 11
ElkfordElkford Community Conference CentreBy age cohortMon, April 12 - ongoing
EnderbyEnderby Senior's CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
FernieElk Valley Hospital (Education Room)By age cohortMon, March 15 to Sun, April 11
FernieFernie Memorial ArenaBy age cohortMon, Apr 12 - Ongoing
GoldenGolden Curling ClubBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
Grand ForksGrand Forks Curling ClubBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
GreenwoodMcArthur Centre 1375 Veterans Lane GreenwoodCommunity SpecificFri, April 16 to Sat, April 17
HorseflyHorsefly Community Hall/Seniors CentreCommunity SpecificFri, March 19 to Fri, April 9
InvermereInvermere Catholic ChurchBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
Kamloops - NorthMcArthur Park Recreation AreaBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
Kamloops - SouthTournament Capital CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
KasloVictorian Community Health CentreBy age cohortTues, March 16 to Weds, March 31
KasloJV Humphries 500 6th St, KasloCommunity SpecificTues, April 13 to Wed, April 14
KelownaTrinity HallBy age cohortMon, March 15th - ongoing
KelownaKelowna Health Services CentreAboriginal specific clinic for 65+Weds, March 17 to Thurs, March 31
KeremeosSouth Similkameen Health CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 to Weds, March 31
KeremeosVictory HallBy age cohortThurs, April 15 - ongoing
KimberleyKimberley Centennial HallBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
Lake CountryBeasley Community CentreBy age cohortWeds, March 23 - ongoing
LillooetLillooet Hospital & Health CentreBy age cohortWeds, March 17 to Weds, March 31
LillooetLillooet & District REC Centre, 930 Main St, LillooetCommunity SpecificMon, April 19 to Fri, April 23
Logan LakeLogan Lake Health CentreBy age cohortTues, March 16 to Tues, March 30
Logan LakeLogan lake Rec Centre 31 Chartrand Ave, Logan LakeCommunity SpecificTues, April 13 to Fri, April 16
LumbyWhitevalley Community HallBy age cohortThurs, April 1 - ongoing
MerrittMerritt Public Health CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 to Mon, March 29
MerrittNicola Valley Memorial ArenaBy age cohortMon, April 12 - ongoing
MidwayMidway Community Centre 692 Seventh Ave, MidwayCommunity SpecificWed, April 14 to Thurs, April 15
NakuspArrow Lake HospitalBy age cohortMon, March 15 to Thurs, April 15
NakuspNakusp and District Community ComplexCommunity SpecificWed, April 21 to Sat, April 24
NelsonSelkirk CollegeBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
OliverOliver LegionBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
OsoyoosOsoyoos Health CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 to Weds, March 31
OsoyoosSonora Community CentreBy age cohortSun, April 4 - ongoing
PeachlandPeachland Community CentreBy age cohortThurs, April 8 &
Thurs, April 15
PentictonTrade & Convention CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
PrincetonRiverside Community CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
RevelstokeRevelstoke Community CentreCommunity SpecificThurs, March 18 - ongoing
Rock CreekRock Creek Medical Clinic 100 Rock Creek, Rock CreekCommunity SpecificTues, April 13
SalmoSalmo Valley Youth & Community Centre 206 Seventh St, SalmoCommunity SpecificMon, April 19 to Thurs, April 22
Salmon ArmSalmon Arm Recreation CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
SicamousSicamous & District Seniors Centre SocietyCommunity SpecificThurs, March 25 - ongoing
SilvertonSilverton Memorial Hall 203 Lake Ave, SilvertonMon, April 19 to Tues, April 20
Slocan ParkSlocan Park Community Hall 3036 BC-6, Slocan ParkCommunity SpecificFri, April 23 to Sat, April 24
SparwoodSparwood Health CentreBy age cohortMon, Mar 15 to Sun, April 11
SparwoodCauseway Bay HotelBy age cohortWeds, April 14 - Ongoing
SummerlandSummerland Curling ClubBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
Sun PeaksSun Peaks Centre 106-3270 Village Way, Sun PeaksCommunity SpecificTues, May 4 to Fri, May 7
Tatla LakeWest Chilcotin Health Care Centre, 16452 BC-20, Tatla LakeCommunity SpecificTo be confirmed
TrailWaneta PlazaBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
VernonVernon Recreation CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 - Ongoing
West KelownaWestbank Lion's Community CentreBy age cohortTues, March 22 - ongoing
Williams LakeWilliams Lake Health CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 to Tues, March 30
Williams LakeThompson Rivers UniversityBy age cohortMon, April 12 - ongoing

What are the eligible pharmacies for individuals 55 to 65 years old?

People aged 55 to 65 (born in 1956 to 1966) may get the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine at eligible pharmacies with vaccine supply.

The participating pharmacies are listed on the BC Pharmacy Association website. The list of pharmacies will be updated regularly.

Please ensure you bring your personal health number, which is found on the BC Services Card or CareCard.

Appointments at eligible pharmacies cannot be booked through the Get Immunized COVID-19 vaccine appointment booking phone line/online booking tool.