COVID-19 vaccination information in British Columbia: contacts, deadlines and what you need to know

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COVID-19 vaccination information in British Columbia: contacts, deadlines and what you need to know


British Columbia is currently in phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination deployment plan.
Residents of the general population are now starting to be eligible for the vaccine, starting with the oldest age groups.

Clinics are organized in 172 communities in the province and are supervised by one of the five local health authorities.

Fraser Health

Reservations can be made online.

Call 1-855-755-2455 if you have any difficulty or have questions about the vaccine appointment.

Inner health

To register, call 1-877-740-7747 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT, seven days a week.

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Island health

To register, call 1-833-348-4787 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, seven days a week.

Northern health

To register, call 1-844-255-7555 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT, seven days a week.

Vancouver Coastal Health

To register, call 1-877-587-5767 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT, seven days a week.









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Phase 2 – CURRENT PHASE

Phase 2 runs from February to April 2021.

Seniors born in 1941 or earlier and who were not vaccinated in phase 1 can now call to make an appointment.

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Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) born in 1956 or before, elders and other Indigenous communities not immune during phase 1 can also call to make an appointment.

In addition, from April, frontline workers can receive their first dose of AstraZeneca / SII COVISHIELD vaccine.

The set of first priority groups includes first responders (police, firefighters, emergency transport), K-12 educational staff, childcare staff, grocery store workers, postal workers, Regulation and quarantine officers, manufacturing workers, employees, border transport workers, correctional officers and staff living in collective housing in places such as ski slopes.

Members of this group do not need to call to make an appointment. Appointments will be made by your employer and your workplace.








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British Columbia’s immunization plan has four phases in total.

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Phase 1 – COMPLETED

Phase 1 took place from December 2020 to February 2021.

This phase prioritized residents and staff of long-term care facilities, those awaiting long-term care, residents and staff of assisted living facilities, essential visitors to long-term care facilities and from assisted living facilities, to front-line hospital health workers. COVID-19 care and residents of remote and isolated Indigenous communities.

Phase 3

Phase 3 is scheduled from April to May 2021.

This phase will target residents aged 60 to 79 in five-year increments.

  • 79 to 75 (D1 April)
  • 74 to 70 (D1 April)
  • 69 to 65 (D1 April)
  • 64 to 60 (D1 April / May)

In addition, Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) between the ages of 64 and 18 can receive their first dose in April.

People aged 69 to 16 who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable can receive their first dose in March and April.

Phase 4

Phase 4 is scheduled from May to June 2021.

This phase will target residents aged 59 to 18 in five-year increments.

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  • 59 to 55 (D1 May)
  • 54 to 50 (May 1)
  • 49 to 45 (D1 May)
  • 44 to 40 (D1 May / June)
  • 39 to 35 (D1 May / June)
  • 34 to 30 (J1 June)
  • 29 to 25 (J1 June)
  • 24 to 18 (J1 June)

Once you become eligible for a vaccine, you are still eligible. Anyone can call to make an appointment at a later stage, provided they have already been deemed eligible to receive the vaccine.


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What vaccine will I receive?

The Government of British Columbia says that all COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are effective and safe, and the first vaccine available to you is the one you will receive.

There are four vaccines approved for use in Canada. These are the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Moderna vaccine, AstraZeneca / SII COVISHIELD vaccine (AZ / SII) and Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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How to get vaccinated in phase 3 and phase 4

British Columbia will transition to a provincial digital platform, HealthConnect, in April.

Residents can also register by phone.

Everyone at this stage will register through HealthConnect or by phone and select their preferred method of communication.

This is how you will be contacted for an appointment for a vaccine.

When you are contacted to make an appointment, you will need to pre-screen and select a location, date and time for your vaccine appointment.

You can then make your appointment online or by phone.

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On the day of the appointment, bring ID and wear a short-sleeved shirt. You will register and then receive your vaccine. You will then be asked to wait in an observation area for 15 minutes.

People who receive their first dose of vaccine will be notified by email, text or phone when they are eligible to make an appointment for their second dose.


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After receiving the vaccine

Once you have received the vaccine, you may receive a paper or digital copy of your immunization card.

If you sign up for Health Gateway, your digital vaccination registration card will be available after you receive the vaccine.

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