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Students Arriving in BC: What You Need to Know about Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to everyone 12 years of age and older living, working or studying in B.C.

If you did not get vaccinated before coming to Canada or need to complete your immunization with a second dose, you will have the opportunity to get vaccinated in B.C.

All students will be eligible to receive the vaccine, including international students and their families.

You do not need a Personal Health Number (PHN), B.C. Services Card, or to be enrolled in B.C.'s Medical Services Plan to get the vaccine. However, all students are encouraged to obtain a PHN in order to use the provincial on-line vaccination booking system.

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Register to get vaccinated

Step 1: Personal Health Number (PHN)

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.

Step 2: Register by phone or online

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.

Submit proof of vaccination

If you received one or two 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.
If you need a second dose, please be sure to register with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system as well as submitting proof of your first dose. You will receive an invitation to book your second dose once your record has been updated and you are eligible.

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

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:

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

 

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


Important: If you received two doses of a WHO approved vaccine that is not approved for use in Canada (such as Sinovac/Coronavac or SinoPharm), 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, or you can go to a drop-in or pop up clinic.

You are recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 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.

 

Vaccines available in B.C.

Most people will get either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine is available for those who should not received the mRNA vaccine such as those who have an allergy to the vaccine ingredients.

Time between first and second doses

People who are registered with the Get Vaccinated system will receive an invitation by text, email or phone call to book a second dose appointment approximately 28 days (four weeks) after their first dose. 

You can also get your second dose at a drop-in, mobile or special event clinic if it’s been more than 28 days since your first dose.

Where to get immunized

You will receive an invitation to book an appointment at a vaccine clinic near you if you have registered with a Get Vaccinated system.

  • Drop-in and pop up clinics 
    • Get a COVID-19 vaccine at a drop-in, mobile or special event clinic. You do not need to register or book an appointment.
    • If you do not have a PHN, clinic staff will call Services BC and created PHN for you.
    • Find a vaccine event in your community
  • Campus drop-in vaccine clinics
    • Vaccination clinics will also be held at post-secondary campuses throughout B.C. for first and second doses. Check your institution’s website for more information.

Cost of vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge in B.C. to anyone who is eligible (12 years of age or older) regardless of immigration status.

Proof of vaccination required for some activities

People age 12 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination for some (non-essential) social and recreational events, services and businesses.

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.

Learn more about proof of vaccination requirements and where it applies.

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.

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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