Who should get a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

Question: 

Who should get a second booster of COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: 
A second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine offers extra protection against severe outcomes. People at high risk for severe outcomes can get their second booster 6 months after their first booster. This is based on the recommendation from Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
 
At this time in BC, a second booster dose is being offered to: 
 
  • People 70 years of age and older.
  • People who live in long-term care (or are awaiting placement in long-term care).
  • Indigenous people 55 years of age and older.  
Make sure you are registered with the Get Vaccinated system. Once you receive your invitation, use the confirmation number to book online or by phone. If you can't find your confirmation number, phone the call centre at 1-833-838-2323. Appointments are available in community pharmacies and health authority clinics all over BC at a time to fit your schedule.
 
People living in long-term care and assisted living will get their booster doses from a health care worker who visits them. 
 
B.C. is making plans to offer everyone 12 years of age and older a fall booster dose. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has been clear this approach will provide the best protection in the fall and winter when we’re all spending more time inside and respiratory illness is passed around our communities. Everyone 12 + will be sent a personalized booking invitation this fall. 
 
Some people may have unique needs and getting a booster dose in July or August might be best for them. This is okay, but not generally recommended. If you're 18 or older and you have unique needs, the call centre can help you book an appointment. Don’t phone until you’ve received a fall booster update email or SMS. 
Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2022