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COVID-19 vaccines including booster doses are available at no cost to everyone 5 years of age and older living, working or studying in B.C.

Last updated: January 6, 2022


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Submit vaccination records

If you received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine in another province or country, submit proof of an official immunization record. It will be entered into the Provincial Immunization Registry.

Register to get vaccinated

If you need a second dose or booster dose, please be sure to register with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system in addition to submitting proof of vaccination. 

If you don't have a PHN, call the Get Vaccinated system to register and a PHN will be created for you.

  • Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT)
  • Translators are available | Telephone for the Deaf: Dial 711
  • Video Relay Services (VRS) provides sign language interpretation free for registered deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired people.
 

After creating a PHN, register with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system online or call: 1-833-838-2323. Once you are registered, you will be sent an invitation to book an appointment.

 
 
Learn more about what to expect at the vaccination clinic and after getting vaccinated.

Vaccines accepted as part of a complete immunization record in B.C.

B.C. follows the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of approved COVID-19 vaccines. The list currently includes: 

  • Pfizer / BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • COVISHIELD
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • SinoPharm (Beijing) / Covilo / BBIBP-CorV 
  • Sinovac/ CoronaVac
  • COVAXIN
  • Covovax

For information on entering Canada and how your vaccination history may impact your entry requirements check the Government of Canada’s current travel guidance.

Do I need another vaccine in B.C.?

If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 outside of Canada, you may still need to receive vaccinations here. If you received:

Everyone 18 years and older is eligible to received a booster dose. You will be invited to get a booster dose about 6 months after they received their second dose.


Submit your COVID-19 vaccine record in B.C.’s immunization registry and register in B.C.’s vaccine registration system

 

Everyone 18 years and older is eligible to received a booster dose. You will be invited to get a booster dose about 6 months after they received their second dose.


Submit your COVID-19 vaccine record in B.C.’s immunization registry and register in B.C.’s vaccine registration system


Important: If you received two doses of a WHO approved vaccine that is not approved for use in Canada (such as Sinovac/Coronavac, SinoPharm, COVAXIN or Covovax), you have a complete vaccine series. However, you are eligible to receive an additional dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) in B.C.

Get a second COVID-19 vaccine dose in B.C. to complete your series. Submit your COVID-19 vaccine record in B.C.’s immunization registry and register in B.C.’s vaccine registration system


You will be notified when you can get your second dose,.

You do not need another vaccine. Submit your COVID-19 vaccine record to B.C.’s immunization registry.

It is recommended you get vaccinated with WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines. Submit your COVID-19 vaccine record in B.C.’s immunization registry and register in B.C.’s vaccine registration system. You will be notified when you can get vaccinated, or you can go to a drop-in or pop-up clinic.

 

Learn more about vaccines available in B.C.

Cost of vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge in B.C. to anyone who is eligible (5 years of age or older) regardless of immigration status.

Proof of vaccination required for some activities

People age 12 and older are required to show proof of vaccination for some (non-essential) social and recreational events, services and businesses. It is not required to access medical care, grocery stores or public transit.

Proof of vaccination is required for post-secondary students to live in some on-campus housing. It is not required to attend in-person classes, seminars or tutorials.

Post-secondary students participating in health science programs must be fully immunized to participate in student practicums and clinical placements in long-term care or extended care facilities.

Learn more about proof of vaccination requirements

Find questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccine

Visit the ImmunizeBC website to find frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more about K-12 schools and COVID-19.


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