The COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada are safe, effective and will save lives.

Vaccines do more than protect the people getting vaccinated, they also protect everyone around them. The more people in a community who are immunized and protected from COVID-19, the harder it is for COVID-19 to spread.

Vaccines are only one part of our layers of protection against COVID-19. Continue to use your health awareness: monitor your symptoms, wash your hands often, stay home if you feel sick or have any signs of symptoms and respect people’s comfort levels.

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is the best source of COVID-19 vaccine informationLearn more about vaccine approval at Health Canada.

When and how will other groups be able to register to get immunized?

Visit the Province of British Columbia's website for more details. 

Is there a call list I can be added to for extra vaccine doses at the end of the day? 

No. Members of the general public must wait for their age group to become eligible and then book an appointment to receive a vaccine. To avoid vaccine wastage at immunization clinics we only pull the doses needed to fulfill booked appointments each day. If doses remain after a clinic takes place, staff may put out a call through appropriate service providers to identify eligible people from our priority groups, as identified in the Province’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan.

Why should I get the vaccine?

Community immunity could be reached when a large majority of people in B.C. are immunized against COVID-19. When you choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19, you are helping save lives by protecting your household and your entire community from the virus.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in British Columbia. 

What should I know about side effects?  

If you experience any unexpected reactions after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, call Fraser Virtual Care at 1-800-314-0999, available 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 8-1-1 outside of those hours. 

Serious side effects after receiving the vaccine are rare. If you develop any serious side effects or a severe allergic reaction (including hives, swelling of your face, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing), seek medical attention or call 9-1-1 right away. Tell them you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Health care professionals who become aware of an adverse event following immunization must report the event. Learn how to report an adverse reaction here

For general information about the vaccine visit gov.bc.ca/covidvaccine or bccdc.ca/covid19