What to expect at the vaccine clinic
Register when it’s your turn, book an appointment and get the vaccine. Go here for more information.
Get ready for your appointment:
- Wear a short-sleeved shirt and a mask
- Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time
- You can bring one person with you for support
- All clinics are wheelchair accessible
- You will be provided a mask if you need one
During the appointment
You can expect to be at the clinic for 30 to 60 minutes in total. At the clinic you will:
- Complete a check-in process.
- Get your vaccine dose. All COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are effective and are safe and the best vaccine is the one available to you first.
- Wait in an observation area for about 15 minutes. Why wait? It is important to stay in the clinic for 15 minutes after getting any vaccine because about 1 in a million people can have a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This may include hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the throat, tongue or lips. Should this reaction occur, your health-care provider is prepared to treat it. Emergency treatment includes administration of epinephrine (adrenaline) and transfer by ambulance to the nearest emergency department. If symptoms develop after you leave the clinic, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
Always report serious or unexpected reactions to your health-care provider.
What should I do after I get the vaccine?
- Read what to expect after you get a mRNA vaccine.
- Read what to expect after you get a COVISHIELD or AstraZeneca vaccine.
- You should not receive any other vaccines until 14 days after a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
- It is important to keep a copy of your COVID-19 immunization record card in a safe place. To get a digital copy of your immunization record card, we recommend registering for B.C.'s Health Gateway, where your digital immunization record card will be available only after you receive the vaccine.
- Reminder: Provincial health orders remain in place for everyone, regardless if they have received the vaccine.
Returning for your second dose
The person giving you the vaccine will let you know when you can return for your second dose. It is important to get both doses of the vaccine to protect you against COVID-19.
- Bring your immunization record with you for the second dose.
- A record of your COVID-19 immunization will also be available online through BC's Health Gateway website. Click here to register.
Layers of protection
- Washing your hands
- Staying home when sick and getting tested
- Keeping a safe distance from others
- Wearing a mask in public indoor spaces
Lifting current provincial health orders will be based on many factors, including:
- Number of people immunized and level of community immunity
- Number of COVID-19 cases in the province
- Health care system capacity