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.

Reminder: Provincial Health Officer (PHO) orders and guidelines remain in place for everyone, regardless if they have received the vaccine. Please continue to practice COVID-19 safety behaviours, such as, avoiding gatherings, wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, cleaning your hands often, coughing and sneezing into your elbow and keeping two-metres apart from others.

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

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine

Attend a virtual town hall meeting featuring our Medical Health Officers who will provide information and respond to your questions.

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

How to talk to your friends about the COVID-19 vaccines

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    How to talk to your friends about the COVID-19 vaccines

    You may be getting lots of questions about COVID-19 vaccines. To ensure the people in your life get reliable information, here are our top tips on what to say.

    Vaccines save lives and protect our communities

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

    COVID-19 vaccines are safe

    Public health agencies around the world, like Health Canada, as well as the international scientific community, have concluded that the approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe, including for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have questions, and are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding, speak to your health care provider.

    Even though the vaccines were developed in record time — thanks to a massive global effort and previous coronavirus research — they went through the same steps for approval as previous vaccines. Millions of people around the world have already been safely vaccinated. The vaccines are much safer than being infected with COVID-19.

    Everyone will have the chance to be vaccinated this year

    All British Columbians who want to be vaccinated will have that opportunity this year. It is free to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Instructions and information about eligibility are available at fraserhealth.ca/vaccine.

    Help put the pandemic behind us. Register for your vaccine now.

    Step 1: Register
    Register online (getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca), by phone (1-833-838-2323) or in-person at all Service BC offices. Save your confirmation number, you’ll need it later.

    Step 2: Book an appointment
    You will be contacted when you are eligible to book a vaccine appointment.

    Step: 3 Get vaccinated
    Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment; wear a short-sleeved shirt and a mask. At the clinic, you will complete a check-in process, receive your first dose of vaccine and wait in an observation area for about 15 minutes. You will be notified when you are eligible to book your second dose.

    COVID-19 safety remains a priority

    Even after you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, continue to follow public health orders and practice good COVID-19 sense like washing your hands, getting tested and staying home when sick, keeping a safe distance from others and wearing a mask in public indoor spaces.

    Stay informed

    Get the facts about B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan and vaccine safety from trusted sources like Fraser Health, the Province of British Columbia and the BCCDC.