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What is the COVID-19 Vaccine?

There is not an approved COVID-19 vaccine in Canada at this time. When a disease is new such as COVID-19, there is no vaccine until one is developed. Possible vaccines are under investigation. It can take time to develop a new vaccine. 

About COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a coronavirus. COVID-19 has spread worldwide, including to British Columbia, and has been declared a global pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. Some people may experience mild symptoms, while others have more severe symptoms. If you have COVID-19, or think you might have it, help prevent spreading it to others by self-isolating from the start of your symptoms. If you are sick, stay home.

Where can I learn more?

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control is the best source for COVID-19 health information. Find information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus on the BCCDC website.

Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available 7:30am-5:00pm PST, 7 days a week at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319). You can also text 1-604-660-2421. Or go to the BC Government response to COVID-19.

Date last updated: 
Friday, Nov 20, 2020
Date last reviewed: 
Friday, Nov 20, 2020