How do I get my COVID-19 vaccine?

Question: 

How do I get my COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: 

There are three steps to get vaccinated

Step 1: Register

The Registration Process:
  • When you submit your information, you receive a confirmation number. Do not lose the number. This number makes it easier when you book your vaccination appointment.
  • Registering also helps health authorities request the right amount of vaccine doses for each community.
  • You can register for yourself or for someone else, like a parent or grandparent. Everyone 18 and older in B.C. is eligible to get vaccinated, even if you don’t have a Personal Health Number or other documentation.
  • We protect all information we collect and public health will never share your information with any other agencies or parts of government. We will never ask you for your SIN, driver's licence number or banking and credit card details.
  • Registration is open to everyone born in 2003 or earlier.
Three Ways to Register
Register online (Personal Health Number required)
  • Go to https://getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/
  • You can register 24 hours a day.
  • To register online, you must provide:
    • First and last name
    • Date of birth
    • Postal code
    • Personal Health Number
    • An email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages
    • Find your Personal Health Number on the back of your B.C. driver's licence or BC Services Card. 
Register by phone (Personal Health Number not required)
Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Translators are available
Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT)
Please only call when you are also eligible to book an appointment.
Our call centre can also help if you feel more comfortable registering over the phone.
Register at a Service BC office (Personal Health Number not required)
You can register in-person at all Service BC offices. 
Office hours vary by location. Check before you go. 
Please only register at a Service BC office when you are also eligible to book an appointment.

 


Step 2: Book an appointment

  • You will be contacted to book a vaccine appointment when you are eligible based on your age and our Immunization Plan phases.
  • You will book your appointment online or by phone. You will select a location, date and time.
  • Booking invitations are currently being sent for:
    • People born in 1972 or earlier (49+)
    • Indigenous people born in 2003 or earlier (18+)
    • People who are clinically extremely vulnerable
    • Pregnant people born in 2005 or earlier (16+) - Please register, then call 1-833-838-2323 to self-identify as a pregnant person. The phone agent will book you an appointment

 


Step 3: Get the vaccine

  • Visit the vaccine clinic to get your vaccine dose.
  • People who get their first vaccine dose will be notified by email, text or phone call when they are eligible to book an appointment for their second dose.
  • You will not miss your chance to the get the vaccine when a new phase starts. Once you become eligible, you are always eligible. For example:
    • If you are in Phase 2, you can get the vaccine in Phase 3 or Phase 4
    • If you are in Phase 3, you can get the vaccine in Phase 4
Phase 1: December 2020 to February 2021
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • Individuals assessed for and awaiting long-term care
  • Residents and staff of assisted living residences
  • Essential visitors to long-term care facilities and assisted living residences
  • Hospital health care workers who may provide care for COVID-19 patients in settings like Intensive Care Units, emergency departments, paramedics, medical units and surgical units
  • Remote and isolated Indigenous communities
Phase 2: February to April 2021

 

1. Public health immunization clinics

  • Seniors born in 1941 or earlier not immunized in Phase 1
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) peoples born in 1966 or earlier, Elders and additional Indigenous communities not immunized in Phase 1
  • In certain remote communities, the timelines for phases maybe modified. Please check your local health authority for most accurate information for your community.

2. Priority groups (no call-in required)

  • Hospital staff, community general practitioners (GPs) and medical specialists not immunized in Phase 1
  • Vulnerable populations living and working in select congregated settings
  • Staff in community home support and nursing services
Phase 3: March/April to May 2021

People aged 79 to 60, in five year increments.

  • People aged 79 to 60, in five year increments:
    • 79 to 75 (D1 March)
    • 74 to 70 (D1 April)
    • 69 to 65 (D1 April/May)
    • 64 to 60 (D1 April/May)
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) peoples aged 64 to 18 (D1 April)
  • People aged 69 to 16 who are clinically extremely vulnerable (D1 March/April)
Phase 4: May to June 2021
People aged 59 to 18, in five year increments:
  • 59 to 55 (D1 May)
  • 54 to 50 (D1 May)
  • 49 to 45 (D1 May)
  • 44 to 40 (D1 May/June)
  • 39 to 35 (D1 May/June)
  • 34 to 30 (D1 June)
  • 29 to 25 (D1 June)
  • 24 to 18 (D1 June)

 

The scheduling of groups for vaccination may change based on vaccine availability and transmission. This information is on the BCCDC eligibility page.


 

There are also additional rollout programs:

COVID-19 Vaccines in Pharmacies/Get the AstraZeneca vaccine
People born in 1991 or earlier can get the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine at eligible pharmacies with vaccine supply. Find an eligible pharmacy near you.
  • Some locations may allow for drop-in service.
  • You will be required to bring your Personal Health Number, located on your CareCard or BC Services Card
Priority groups not listed above
In BC, there are a variety of people who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine based on their type of work or where they live. For example:
  • A senior or high-risk person living in independent living or in a senior’s supportive housing setting
  • Staff in independent living or senior’s supportive housing
  • Home-care support clients and staff
  • People identified as essential visitors in a long term care facility
  • Health care workers who work in higher risk settings
For these groups, immunization is arranged between the employer/facility and the local health authority.
 
Frontline Priority Workers

Initially, the AstraZeneca vaccine was going to be used for front-line workers. This is because the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) require specialized storage facilities and can only be administered at locations that have the necessary equipment. The AstraZeneca vaccine’s ability to stay fridge-stable meant that the vaccine could travel and be stored easily in many locations. This characteristic was crucial in reaching front-line workers across the entire province.  However, the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine is currently suspended for people under age 30 based on guidance from Health Canada and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Until further notice, the vaccine rollout for these groups had to be paused as many priority workers are under 30 and are not eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

 
Vaccines in high-transmission neighbourhoods
Prioritizing neighbourhoods based on COVID-19 cases, outbreaks and hospitalizations will protect more people. People born in 1981 or earlier who live in high-transmission neighbourhoods can register and get contacted to book their vaccine appointment on the same day.
 
Why high-transmission neighbourhoods get priority
 
Vaccines save lives and are an important tool in our fight against COVID-19. Prioritizing high-transmission neighbourhoods:
  • Protects more people
  • Slows the spread of COVID-19
  • Keeps our hospitals working
Eligibility:
  • You must live in a high-transmission neighbourhood. We use your postal code to confirm your neighbourhood.
  • People born in 1981 or earlier.

In some high transmission areas, people 30 years and older will be able to receive the AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD vaccine.

 

 

Date last updated: 
Thursday, May 06, 2021
Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, May 04, 2021