Hello there. I am hoping to be vaccinated against shingles. ...

Question: 

Hello there. I am hoping to be vaccinated against shingles. The pharmacies are not providing vaccinations now. I am wondering if the health unit could vaccinate me if I pay a fee.

Answer: 

The shingles vaccines are not publicly funded and so are not available at public health offices. Public Health Nurses do not administer vaccines that have not been stored and monitored at a public health unit at the appropriate temperature (between 2.0*C-8.0*C) so you can't purchase it at a pharmacy and have them vaccinate you. ImmunizeBC does not have info regarding whether travel clinics are operating but you may have some luck contacting a travel clinic. Or, you could see if your family physician is able to administer the vaccine if you purchase it through a pharmacy. You can find more informtation about shingles here.

ImmunizeBC Nurse

Date last updated: 
Saturday, May 16, 2020