COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 is an infection of the airways and lungs caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, tiredness and loss of smell or taste. While some people with COVID-19 may have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, others can require hospitalization and may die. Serious illness is more common in those who are older and those with certain chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease. For some people, symptoms of COVID-19 can last for weeks or longer. The long-term effects of COVID-19 on a person’s health are unknown. Continue to wash your hands frequently, stay home when you are sick and follow provincial prevention guidelines.

The 2024 COVID-19 Spring Booster Campaign ended on June 30, 2024. It is generally recommended to wait until the fall 2024 respiratory illness season to receive your next COVID-19 immunization. 

Invitations to book a COVID-19 vaccine through the Get Vaccinated system will resume in fall 2024. Pending Health Canada approval, there may be a new COVID-19 vaccine this fall. If you receive a COVID-19 vaccine over the summer, it will result in a delay in receiving a fall 2024 COVID-19 vaccine as there must be a minimum of 3 months between COVID-19 doses. If you have questions, please speak with your Doctor, Pharmacist, or local Public Health unit. 

For information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit ImmunizeBC: COVID-19 Vaccine.

Community Vaccine Providers

Please visit Immunization Information for Healthcare Professionals for more information.

    News & Events

    Walk-in availability makes it easy for families to get immunized heading into the holiday season

    Walk-in availability makes it easy for families to get immunized heading into the holiday season

    Now is the best time to get your influenza and COVID-19 immunizations to provide protection as we head into the holiday season and gather with loved ones.

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    Child getting immunized at an Island Health facility

    Reducing barriers and increasing access supports families to get immunized

    For physicians Aaron Childs and Sonja Mathes, vaccinating their three children is a matter of course. 

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    Child and mother

    Children under five years now eligible to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

    Beginning August 2, 2022, all people over the age of six months in B.C. can now receive protection against the COVID-19 virus, following Health Canada’s approval of the vaccine specifically formulated for children between the ages of six months and five years old.

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