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Vaccine Registration and Eligibility

Find out how to register and where to go to book an appointment.

Last updated: September 14, 2021


Eligibility

All people living in British Columbia who are 12 years and older are eligible to get a vaccine.

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for some people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised.

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for some people with compromised immune systems. Some people do not develop a strong immune response from two doses of vaccine because of the use of certain medications and treatments, as well as some health conditions.

For this group, it takes an additional dose to have a reasonable level of immunity and protection against COVID-19. Studies show that giving a third dose to complete the initial vaccine series can help individuals with compromised immune systems creates a stronger immune response to protect them from COVID-19. Individuals in this group will be invited through the provincial Get Vaccinated system to get a third dose of vaccine.

This recommendation aligns with the recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive a third dose of vaccine. The first group to be provided with a third dose are those most severely immunocompromised. The first group includes :

Solid organ transplant
People who have had a solid organ transplant.

Treatment for lymphoma or malignant hematologic conditions
People who received treatment for lymphoma or malignant hematologic conditions (like myeloma or leukemia) in January 2021 or later.

Anti-CD20 agents
People who received treatment since January 2020 with any anti-CD20 agents (such as rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab,  obinutuzumab, ibritumomab, tositumomab).

B-cell depleting agents
People who have been treated since January 2020 with b-cell depleting agents (such as epratuzumab, MEDI-551, belimumab, BR3-Fc, AMG-623, Atacicept, anti-BR3, alemtuzumab).

Combined immune deficiencies
People with combined immune deficiencies affecting T-cells, immune dysregulation or type 1 interferon defects.

Bone marrow or stem cell transplant
People who had bone marrow or stem cell transplant in September 2019 or later, or are still taking immunosuppressant medications related to transplant.

Other conditions

People who are moderately immunocompromised due to other conditions or treatments may be invited to receive a 3rd dose at a later time. This information will be updated soon. For now. only those with a condition or treatment listed above will be eligible for a 3rd dose.

You will receive an invitation by text, email, or phone call through the Get Vaccinated system. You can then visit a vaccine clinic for a drop-in appointment to get your third dose. Find a drop-in clinic.

You must wait at least four weeks after your second dose to get your third dose. Beginning October 6, the system will be updated and you will be able to book an appointment for a third dose online or by phone.

People who are not eligible and who did not receive an invitation through the Get Vaccinated system will not be able to get a third dose at a walk-in clinic. If you believe you meet the criteria to get a third dose and have not been contacted by September 17, get in touch with your health care provider.

You do not need a third dose to be considered fully vaccinated on your BC Vaccine Card.

This third dose is not the same as a booster. For people who do not develop the same immune response to the first two doses of the vaccine, a third dose is needed to get a similar level of protection as others in the population. For these people, receiving a third dose to complete the initial vaccine series can help individuals create antibodies to protect them from COVID-19.

A booster dose is an additional vaccine you may get later if the protection from the initial two-dose vaccine series begins to decrease over time. A booster gets immunity back up to a desirable level of protection for an extended period of time. 

Learn more about third doses for people severely immunocompromised.

Registering for a vaccine

You can register to book vaccines one of two ways:

  • Online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated, available in 12 different languages
  • By telephone through a provincial call centre (toll-free) at 1-833-838-2323, available in 140 different languages.

Booking your second dose

mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna)

  • People who are receiving an mRNA vaccine for their second dose can book through the Get Vaccinated system for one of the provincial immunization clinics.
  • To book your second dose appointment, you must register with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system.
  • If you've already registered, wait for your booking invitation. If you have questions or aren't sure if you are registered, phone the call centre at 1-833-838-2323

AstraZeneca vaccine

  • The AstraZeneca vaccine is only available through pharmacies.
  • If you got your first dose at a local pharmacy, the pharmacy where you got your first dose will contact you to book your second dose appointment. No action is required on your part. If you registered with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system, you can ignore the booking invitation.
  • If you didn't get your first dose at a local pharmacy, you can book an appointment online or by phone at a pharmacy in your community.

For further information on how to book a second dose, visit Get Your Second Vaccine Dose.

 

Find drop-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccinations in your health authority:


You can get your first or second dose at a drop-in, mobile or special event clinic. Second doses are only available 28 days or more after your first dose.
You can register in-person at all Service BC offices. You will need to have a personal health number.
If you don't have a Personal Health Number, you need to register by phone by calling 1-833-838-2323. A Personal Health Number will be created for you. 

If you got one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in another province, you must submit proof of an official vaccination record. It will be entered into the Provincial Immunization Registry.

Submit a vaccination record

If you got your first dose in another province or country, you can also call 1-833-838-2323. The call center team will help you register for your second dose. Please bring your COVID-19 vaccine immunization record to the clinic for your appointment, so that your first dose can be assessed and recorded.


When you call, you may be asked to provide:

 
  • The date you got dose 1
  • What vaccine you got, like Pfizer or Moderna
  • The clinic location
 
If you received one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in another country:
  1. Register with the Get Vaccinated system.
  2. Submit a proof of your COVID-19 immunization record.

Even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 outside of Canada you may still need to receive vaccinations here. B.C. is following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccines list to decide whether or not it is recommended that you receive additional COVID-19 vaccination here.


List of WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines:
  • Pfizer/ BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • SinoPharm (Beijing) / Covilo / BBIBP-CorV 
  • Sinovac/ CoronaVac
If you received a single dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine or if you received two doses of any of the other vaccines listed, you do not need any further doses, but you should submit your COVID-19 vaccine record in B.C.’s immunization record system. 

If you received a single dose of any of the vaccines listed, except Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), you are recommended to get a second COVID-19 vaccine dose in BC to complete your series. You should submit your COVID-19 vaccine record in B.C.’s immunization record system and register in B.C.’s vaccine registration system. You will be notified when you can get your second dose.

If you have received a vaccine that is not listed above, you should register in BC's vaccine registration system to receive a total of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine in BC.

How to register:
  1. Online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated, available in 12 different languages.
  2. By telephone through a provincial call centre (toll-free) at 1-833-838-2323, available in 140 different languages.

COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge in BC to anyone who is 12 years of age or older regardless of immigration status.


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

International students should check with their educational institution’s website for campus policies and requirements as well as information on local testing and vaccination clinics.

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