COVID-19 Vaccine

Book an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination

You can book your appointment online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated or call 1-833-838-2323.

Anyone five years of age or older is eligible for the vaccine. Children and adults must be registered in the Get Vaccinated system in order to make an appointment.

Anyone living in Island Health is welcome, including those without personal health numbers and/or people who are not residents of B.C.

Find a community clinic near you: covid19.islandclinics.ca

While appointments are strongly recommended, clinics have drop-in availability for:

  • First doses (for people aged 12+ ONLY – appointments are required for children receiving their first dose of COVID-19 pediatric vaccine)
  • People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and bring a signed attestation form to the clinic (Learn more about this process here)

Please make an appointment if you have received an invitation via text, email or phone call for your:

  • Pediatric (age 5-11) first dose
  • Second dose
  • Third dose
  • Booster shot

Use the drop-down menu below to find more information on:

Pediatric Vaccine

Children are eligible for the pediatric vaccine on or after their fifth birthday. Parents and guardians who have registered their child with Get Vaccinated will begin receiving invitations on Monday, November 29, 2021, to book appointments.

Registration ensures parents are notified by text or email when it is time to book their child’s appointment. Parents or guardians with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for their child can call 1-833-838-2323, visit gov.bc.ca/vaccineforkids or the BC Centre for Disease Control section on Children and COVID-19 vaccination.

Questions about pediatric vaccines? Read our Vaccine Confidence FAQs

Proof of Vaccination

By order of the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated. For detailed information please go to: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof 

People who are severely immunocompromised

People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems will generally have lower antibody responses from two COVID-19 vaccine doses. People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised will receive a third dose of vaccine. The first group to be provided with a third dose will be those most at risk. Please visit the BC government website for more details about that group

You will be contacted by the provincial Get Vaccinated system about how and when to receive a third dose. After receiving an email or text, you can visit any vaccine clinic for a drop-in appointment four weeks after your second dose. Starting October 6, you can also book an appointment online or by phone. You do not need a third dose to be considered fully vaccinated on your BC Vaccine Card. It is based on whether you have your first dose by September 13 and your second dose by October 24.

Booster Doses in BC

Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to all British Columbians approximately six to eight months after their second dose. People who are at highest risk of COVID-19 will be among the first groups to be invited for their booster. For information on booster doses, visit the Government of BC website

Questions about COVID-19 or vaccines?

Find answers at ImmunizeBC or on the British Columbia Government COVID-19 page.

Feeling vaccine hesitant? Read our Vaccine Confidence FAQs

Culturally Safe Experiences for Indigenous People

Island Health acknowledges that historical and current health system trauma may result in Indigenous individuals not wanting to visit a health authority site to be vaccinated. To address this, we are working in close partnership with First Nations Health Authority, Métis Nation British Columbia and Friendship Centers across Vancouver Island to improve cultural safety in all areas of health-care.

Indigenous people and communities continue to be prioritized, resulting in early access to vaccine, especially for communities exposed or vulnerable to COVID-19.

Our goal is to provide a welcoming and culturally safe environment at COVID-19 vaccine clinics. In addition to employing staff from Indigenous partner organizations, Island Health is working closely with Indigenous partners to have vaccines delivered in First Nations communities and at the Friendship Centre in Victoria.

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