Immunization during COVID-19

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Immunization is an essential service, and health units are continuing to hold immunization clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, services vary across the province. In other words, some health authorities have had to priortize the immunization of some age groups as they rollout the COVID-19 vaccine. Please contact your local health unit  for information on immunization services during COVID-19 in your area. 

Clinic changes have been made to ensure safety and to respect physical distancing. Please note the following changes:

  • Only one adult should bring a child to the clinic (all other family members should stay home).
  • Do not go to the clinic if you or your child are feeling ill and/or have any of the following symptoms:
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • Diarrhea or vomiting 
  • Do not go to the clinic if you have been asked to quarantine because you have travelled outside of Canada or been in contact with or near someone with COVID-19. 

If you or your child usually get immunized at your doctor’s office and they are closed, please contact your local health unit to make an appointment.

When immunization services are stopped, even for a short time, there is a risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, like measles. It is important to keep immunizations up to date. Delaying vaccines could leave you, your child, your family, and your community at risk for disease.

If you have questions about you or your child getting immunized during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact your local health unit.

For information about COVID-19, visit the BCCDC website

Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Apr 01, 2020