How will I know when and where I can get the vaccine? When will pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine open? What will be the process to get immunized?

Question: 

How will I know when and where I can get the vaccine? When will pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine open? What will be the process to get immunized?

Answer: 

When you can get the vaccine will depend on which demographic and phase you fit into.

B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan will happen in four phases. The focus at first is to protect those most vulnerable to severe illness. Vaccination for the general population will begin in April and vaccines will primarily be distributed by age groups, in five year increments, starting with the oldest.

Phase 1: December 2020 to February 2021
  • Residents, staff and essential visitors to long-term care and assisted-living residences.
  • Individuals assessed and awaiting a long-term care placement.
  • Health care workers providing care for COVID-19 patients in settings like Intensive Care Units, emergency departments, medical and surgical units, and paramedics.
  • Remote and isolated Indigenous communities.
Phase 2: February to March 2021
  • People not immunized in Phase 1:
    • Seniors, age 80 and over
    • Indigenous communities
    • Hospital staff, community general practitioners (GPs) and medical specialists
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) seniors, age 65 and over, and Elders.
  • Populations living and working in select congregate settings.
  • People in group homes or mental health residential care.
Phase 3: April to June 2021

People aged 79 to 60, in five year increments:

  • 79 to 75 (Dose 1: April ; Dose 2: May)
  • 74 to 70 (Dose 1: April/May ; Dose 2: May/June)
  • 69 to 65 (Dose 1: May/June ; Dose 2: June/July)
  • 64 to 60 (Dose 1 June, Dose 2 July)
  • People aged 69 to 16 who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be eligible between April and June.
  • Once additional vaccines are approved and become available, people between the ages of 18 and 64 who are front-line essential workers or work in high-risk workplaces or industries may be included in Phase 3.
Phase 4: July to September 2021

People aged 59 to 18, in five year increments:

  • 59 to 55 (Dose 1 July, Dose 2 August)
  • 54 to 50 (Dose 1 July, Dose 2 August)
  • 49 to 45 (Dose 1 July, Dose 2 August)
  • 44 to 40 (Dose 1 July, Dose 2 August)
  • 39 to 35 (Dose 1 July/August, Dose 2 August/September)
  • 34 to 30 (Dose 1 August, Dose 2 September)
  • 29 to 25 (Dose 1 August/September, Dose 2 September)
  • 24 to 18 (Dose 1 and Dose 2 September)

 

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

Immunization clinics

Immunization clinics are being organized in 172 communities in B.C and will be overseen by your local health authority. The clinics will be held at large centres including:

  • School gymnasiums
  • Arenas
  • Convention halls
  • Community halls
  • Mobile clinics in self-contained vehicles will be available for some rural communities and for people who are homebound due to mobility issues.
  • Immunization clinics details will be available before Phase 3 of B.C.'s Immunization Plan.

Starting in mid-to-late February, Health Authorities will be reaching out to seniors aged 80 years and older, Indigenous seniors aged 65 years and older, and Indigenous Elders to provide information on how to pre-register for immunization appointments.

Register to get immunized

The process to get immunized happens in three steps. We will be providing more details as it is available, including the website to pre-register and the phone number.

Step 1: Pre-registration

Pre-registration helps us book appointment reservations quickly and easily. When you pre-register, you select your preferred method of communication. This is how we will contact you to reserve a vaccine appointment. Pre-registration opens March 2021.

  • There will be two options to pre-register: Online or by Phone
  • You can pre-register two to four weeks before you are eligible to reserve a vaccine appointment.
  • Eligibility is based on your phase and age, working backwards in five year increments.
Step 2: Appointment reservation

When you are contacted to reserve a vaccine appointment, you must:

  • Complete a pre-screening
  • Select a location, date and time
  • You can complete your appointment reservation online or by phone.
Step 3: Appointment day

Come prepared to your appointment and arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time. At the immunization clinic you will:

  • Complete a check-in process
  • Get your vaccine dose
  • Wait in an observation area for about 15 minutes

 

Getting the second 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.
Please note that the circumstances around COVID-19 vaccines in BC are changing regularly, so this information may change. 

Date last updated: 
Friday, Feb 19, 2021
Date last reviewed: 
Friday, Feb 19, 2021