Can anyone living in BC get the COVID-19 vaccine? What if I don’t have health insurance? What if I am a visitor from another part of Canada or another country? What if I don’t have MSP or a PHN? What if I am an international student? What if I am not a pe

Question: 

Can anyone living in BC get the COVID-19 vaccine? What if I don’t have health insurance? What if I am a visitor from another part of Canada or another country? What if I don’t have MSP or a PHN? What if I am an international student? What if I am not a permanent resident?

Answer: 
Yes. If you are living in B.C. during the pandemic you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You do not need to be in the BC MSP health insurance program (a BC Services card or public health number) to get the vaccine. You do not need to be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency to get the COVID-19 vaccine. However, you must have a public health number in order to register online. If you do not have a public health number, you need to register for your vaccine by calling the province-wide call centre (1-833-838-2323) or in-person at a ServiceBC office.
 
During the pre-registration process, people will need to show proof they are currently living (residing) in the province. However, the goal of the vaccination campaign is to vaccinate as many people as possible. If you have a unique circumstance and have concerns about proof, please call in to discuss your situation when it is your turn to register.
 
This means you can be a visitor from another province or country who is living in B.C. temporarily. This includes international students or parents visiting from another country. 
Date last updated: 
Thursday, Apr 29, 2021
Date last reviewed: 
Friday, Apr 09, 2021