Whole Community Approach


Island Health will take a “whole of community” approach to immunization in communities where: 

  • there is a small population, and 
  • there are barriers to accessing larger immunization clinics (i.e., requiring ferry, air or 3+ hours of ground travel) 

There are two groupings in this approach:

  • Group one: local clinics for seniors age 80+ and Indigenous people age 65+ (now complete)
  • Group two: whole of community clinics for 18+

Whole of community clinics for 18+

Clinic Location Dates Clinic Location Dates
Sayward 23 & 24 March Kyuquot 23 March
Zeballos 24 March Port Renfrew 24 & 25 March
Woss 25 March Cortes Island 25, 26, 27 March
Lasqueti Island 29 March 
1, 8, 9, 12 April 
Tahsis 29 & 30 March
Read Island 31 March Sointula 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 April
Gold River 6, 7, 8 April Bamfield 7 & 8 April
Port Hardy Starting April 12 Port McNeill Starting April 12
Tofino Starting April 12 Port Alice Starting April 12
Thetis Island April 28 & 29 Ucluelet Starting April 12
Gabriola Island Starting May 17 Galiano Island Starting April 20
Mayne Island Starting April 13 Quadra Island Starting May 3
Denman Island  Starting April 28 Pender Island  Starting April 28
Saturna Island Starting April 19 Hornby Island Starting May 3
Protection Island May 21 Piers Island May 12

Booking information

Residents of the communities with scheduled clinic dates can currently be booked for appointments. Other communities will be able to call as soon as their clinic dates are known.

Visit gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated to register and for more information. 

What information do I need to provide?

You, or the person calling for you, will need to provide your:

  1. Legal first and last name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Post code
  4. Personal health number (aka: care card)
  5. Phone number (a direct line to you or your support person)

**Information is changing rapidly at this time, please visit the province's COVID-19 Immunization Plan for the latest updates. Then check back here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t make the clinic on the date(s) Island Health is scheduled to come?

If you cannot make the dates scheduled for your community you can book a vaccine appointment in one of our larger clinics once your age cohort is eligible. Watch our webpage for more information about who is eligible and how to register.  

I live on a small island adjacent to a location where a whole community clinic will be. Can I attend that clinic? 

Yes. If you live on a remote island or area, and a whole-community clinic is not scheduled there, you can attend the nearest clinic. Please be clear about where you live with call centre staff when booking. 

Will I have to prove that I live in a community where whole of community clinics are held?

Yes, your home community will be confirmed when booking your appointment. If you live in an area that will be served by a larger clinic (not in a remote area) – you will be required to wait for your age cohort and attend the nearest clinic to you. 

How will I be notified about 2nd doses?

Island Health will be reaching out about clinics and appointments for second doses in the future. We will be sharing that information with community leaders and posting on our website.  

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