When can I book my influenza (flu) vaccine appointment?
Influenza vaccines will start to arrive in BC in early October. Priority populations will be invited to book vaccine appointments first; this includes people most at risk of severe illness and complications, such as seniors 65 and older, residents in long-term care facilities, Indigenous peoples, pregnant people and those with chronic health conditions (e.g., cancer, HIV, hepatitis C, diabetes), as well as health-care workers.
Invitations for appointments for everyone else will begin on October 10, 2023, and will continue through October. People can receive influenza and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time if they wish.
If you are already registered with the provincial Get Vaccinated system, you will automatically receive an invitation to book your influenza vaccine online when it's time to book your appointment. If you are not yet registered with the Get Vaccinated system, please register.
Starting in October, invitations to book a vaccine appointment will sent by email or text message from the Get Vaccinated system.
People who are at higher risk of of COVID-19 infection or severe disease will receive their invitations first. This includes:
Health care workers.
People with chronic health conditions (e.g., cancer, hepatitis C, diabetes).
People in long-term care homes and other congregate living settings for older adults will get their vaccine from a health care provider who visits them.
People living in First Nations communities can contact their community health centre or nursing station to find out how to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
It is recommended that people wait at least 6 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine before getting the updated vaccine for best results. People who got a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 6 months will get invited for their influenza vaccine first, then for their COVID-19 vaccine when they reach their six-month interval.