COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccines

Everyone in BC over six months of age is eligible to be vaccinated to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Register to book your appointment in the Get Vaccinated system or by calling 1-833-838-2323 (toll-free).

Booster doses in BC for those age 18 and above (and for those age 12 and above who are immunocompromised) will be the bivalent vaccine. The new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is an adapted version of the mRNA Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine and targets the original COVID-19 virus and the Omicron variant. You can choose to receive an alternative, non-mRNA vaccine instead when booking your appointment.

Children ages 6-months through 4 years: 

The vaccine is available for children ages 6-months through 4 years. Register your children today to receive an invitation to book their appointment. Available locations will be displayed when you book your appointment. 

Children ages 5 through 11 years: 

Vaccines are available for children ages 5-11 years. Doses one and two should be scheduled about eight weeks apart. Register your children today to receive an invitation to book their vaccine appointment. Available locations will be displayed when you book your appointment. Frequently asked questions

Youth and adults ages 12 and older: 

Vaccine doses one, two and available booster doses are available at participating pharmacies. Register today to receive an invitation to book an appointment, or call 1-833-838-2323 if you are registered and have not been notified. Available locations will be displayed when you book your appointment. Frequently asked questions.

Rural and remote communities: 

Public health hosts pop-up clinics in remote communities and areas without participating pharmacies. Communities are notified as clinics are scheduled. Find out more on the rural and remote communities page.

Homebound vaccinations:

Island Health residents who are homebound may be able to receive an immunization at home. Homebound immunizations are provided by Community Health Services nurses. If you are already receiving services from Community Health Services (Home Support, Home Care Nursing, etc.) contact your office to discuss if a homebound immunization is appropriate. If you are not receiving services, contact the Community Access Centre at 1-888-533-2273 for assessment.

Appointments are required: 

Register online and then book online or by phone 1-833-838-2323. If you have already registered through the Get Vaccinated system, you will be automatically invited to book your next appointment. Please make sure that your contact information is updated in the system.

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    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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    Where to get vaccinated

    The list of available locations will be shown when you make an appointment. This year, you can book the COVID-19 booster and flu vaccines together during the same appointment. When you book an appointment in Get Vaccinated, the system will match you to your preferred location based on age and chosen vaccines.

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