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COVID-19 vaccine information

COVID-19 vaccine information
We are now asking everyone age 18 and up to register for their vaccine appointment.

 

There can be a wait time between when you register and when you are invited to book your appointment. Wait times vary depending on your age, vaccine supply, and where you live. Once you’re registered, you’ll get an email or text as soon as it’s your turn to book your appointment.

People aged 30 and older (born in 1991 to earlier) may also choose to get the AstraZeneca 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 online or by phone 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 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.

How am I notified to get the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

If you received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before the provincial registration system was available, register for your second dose at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca.

If you registered with the provincial system for your first dose, you don’t need to register again.

You will get a notification at approximately 13 weeks after you received your first dose to book your vaccination appointment. You should have an opportunity to book your appointment at a clinic at or near 16 weeks or 112 days from the date you received your first dose.

In B.C. the interval between the first and second dose is 16 weeks, which aligns with the recommendations from Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). A delay in receiving your second dose beyond 16 weeks is acceptable, though please prioritize your second dose appointment to ensure you have longer lasting protection.

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 people who are pregnant

All pregnant people who are age 16+ are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines.

To book a vaccine, people who are pregnant can:

  • register at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated if you have not done so already,
  • phone 1-833-838-2323 and identify yourself as being pregnant. Online booking for pregnant people is not available.

For more information, see the BCCDC’s Planning for your vaccine.

Vaccines for residents of communities eligible for whole community 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.

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 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 whole community clinics. Please visit our page Taking a Community Specific Approach for a list of these communities.

CommunityClinic LocationEligibilityClinic Dates
100 Mile HouseCommunity HallBy age cohortMon, April 12 - ongoing
Alexis CreekAlexis Creek Community Hall 2620 Stum Lake Rd, Alexis CreekCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
ArmstrongSt. Joseph's HallBy age cohortWeds, March 24 - ongoing
AshcroftAshcroft HubCommunity SpecificMon, April 26 to Thurs, May 6
BalfourBalfour Community HallCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
BarriereBarriere Senior Centre 4431 Barriere Town Road, BarriereCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
Beaverdell5841 Beaverdell Hwy 33Community SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
Big Lake RanchBig Lake Ranch Community Hall 4056 Lakeview Rd, Big Lake RanchBy age cohortTues, June 1
Blue RiverBlue River Elemntary School - 5917 3rd AvenueCommunity SpecificThurs, May 13
CastlegarSelkirk CollegeBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
CelistaCelista Community Hall 5456 Squilax-Anglemont Rd, CelistaCommunity SpecificThurs, June 3
ChaseArt Holding Memorial Arena, 221 Shepherd Ave, ChaseCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
ClearwaterWells Gray Curling Club 428 Murtle Crescent, ClearwaterCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
ClintonClinton Health Centre 1510 Cariboo Hwy, ClintonCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
CranbrookCranbrook Curling CenterBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
Crawford Bay Crawford Bay School 16150 Walkley Rd, Crawford BayCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
CrestonCreston Health CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 - Ongoing
ElkfordElkford Community Conference CentreBy age cohortMon, April 12 - ongoing
EnderbyEnderby Senior's CentreCommunity SpecificMon, May 3 to Thurs, May 20
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 SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
Gold BridgeBC Ambulance ServicesCommunity SpecificThurs, May 20
HorseflyHorsefly Community Hall/Seniors CentreCommunity SpecificThurs, May 27
Kamloops - NorthMcArthur Park Recreation AreaBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
Kamloops - SouthTournament Capital CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 to Tues, May 11
KasloJV Humphries 500 6th St, KasloCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
KelownaTrinity HallBy age cohortMon, March 15th - ongoing
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 & District REC Centre, 930 Main St, LillooetCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
Logan LakeLogan lake Rec Centre 31 Chartrand Ave, Logan LakeCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
LumbyWhitevalley Community HallBy age cohortThurs, April 1 - ongoing
LyttonSt Bartholomew's Health Centre Community SpecificTues, May 11
MerrittNicola Valley Memorial ArenaBy age cohortMon, April 12 - ongoing
MidwayMidway Community Centre 692 Seventh Ave, MidwayCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
NakuspNakusp and District Community ComplexCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
NelsonSelkirk CollegeBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
OliverOliver LegionBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
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 SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
Rock CreekRock Creek Medical Clinic 100 Rock Creek, Rock CreekCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
SalmoSalmo Valley Youth & Community Centre 206 Seventh St, SalmoCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
Salmon ArmSalmon Arm Recreation CentreBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
SicamousSicamous & District Seniors Centre SocietyCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
SilvertonSilverton Memorial Hall 203 Lake Ave, SilvertonCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
Slocan ParkSlocan Park Community Hall 3036 BC-6, Slocan ParkCommunity SpecificDose 1 Clinic Complete
SparwoodCauseway Bay HotelBy age cohortWeds, April 14 - Ongoing
SummerlandSummerland Curling ClubBy age cohortMon, March 15 - ongoing
Sun PeaksSun Peaks Cente, 3200 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 LakeThompson Rivers UniversityBy age cohortMon, April 12 - ongoing
WindermereInvermere Catholic ChurchCommunity SpecificMon, April 19 to Weds, May 5

 

What pharmacies are offering vaccine for people 40 years and older?

People aged 30 and older (born in 1991 or earlier) may get the AstraZeneca 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.