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Guidance and information on COVID-19 vaccines for providers.

Last updated: January 20, 2021


The BC Immunization Manual provides best practice guidelines for the delivery of immunization services. See Part 4. Biological Products. COVID-19 Vaccines for clinical guidance on use of these vaccines.

FAQ about COVID-19 vaccines and immunization program

Learn more about the efficacy, administration, contraindications and considerations, vaccine storage and handling in this Questions and Answers document for health professionals

Approved vaccines

Pfizer BioBTech

Moderna

Handouts and resources for immunizers


Education and training for immunizers

Timely education and resources are essential for both new and existing vaccine providers to immunize safely and competently. The complete BCCDC immunization competency course is routinely recommended for all new vaccine providers. In the context of the global pandemic, an expedited immunization competency education process is available for those who will be administering COVID-19 vaccines only so vaccines can be administered in a timely manner.


Nurses (RNs, RPNs, LPNs): nurses may administer COVID-19 vaccines under an order or without an order (autonomous practice).


Nurses immunizing for COVID-19 without an order:

Nurses immunizing for COVID-19 with an order do not require additional education.

The BCCDC immunization competency course is recommended for new vaccine providers to equip new immunizers with the knowledge necessary to provide safe and effective Immunization programs based on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) immunization competencies. Please consult your health professional's regulatory body as well as your employer who can advise you of respective requirements in order to safely administer immunizations.

The following education is recommended for healthcare providers who HAVE NOT previously completed the  
BCCDC Immunization Competency Course:

Healthcare providers who have previously completed the BCCDC Immunization Competency Course are recommended to complete the following webinars on LearningHub:‎

The Public Health Agency of Canada's current and upcoming webinars with regard to COVID-19 vaccination can be accessed on the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada website.



Health Canada information on authorized vaccines

Pfizer-BioNTech


Reporting adverse events

Providers should report adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) to public health. Click on the picture below to find out how to report an adverse event.




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