British Columbia has implemented a four-phase COVID-19 Immunization Plan addressing high priority groups first followed by the general population by decreasing age. Phase 1 & 2 are already underway ahead of schedule and those < 65 years of age will start accessing first doses of vaccine in mid-April (Phase 3). For more details on eligibility and timelines, visit BC COVID-19 Immunization Plan.
WHEN CAN I GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
HOW DO I BOOK A COVID-19 VACCINE IN BC?
- Everyone in BC should follow the Three Steps to Get Vaccinated
- Once you have registered, you will be provided with an appointment at one of the registered immunization clinics, located in more than 170 communities around B.C.
- As of March 31, 2021 people ages 55-65 in the Lower Mainland can access AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine through local pharmacies. Check this list to find a pharmacy near you/
CAN I GET VACCINATED ON-CAMPUS?
As of April 1, 2021, community vaccine providers, like our Langley Campus Wellness Center, have not yet been integrated into the BC COVID-19 Vaccine plan. Mass clinics, bookable per the instructions above, are the only places to access vaccines for now. We will update the community should this change in future.
I’M IMMUNOCOMPROMISED. WHEN CAN I GET THE VACCINE?
If you are clincally extremely vulnerable and between the ages of 16-74, you will receive a patient invitation letter by mail, inviting you to book your vaccine. To determine if you are eligible and how to book your vaccine, visit BC Vaccines for the Clinically Extrememly Vulnerable.
CAN INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS RECEIVE A COVID-19 VACCINE? IS THE VACCINE FREE?
Yes! COVID-19 vaccines will be free and available to anyone who and resides in Canada over the course of 2021 in accordance with your regional COVID-19 vaccination plan. For more information, click . For international students residing in BC, you will be eligible based on age group or priority group same as anyone living in the province.
WHAT COVID-19 VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE IN CANADA?
CAN I GET THE VACCINE IF I HAVE HAD, OR CURRENTLY HAVE, COVID-19?
If you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should wait until you have recovered to be immunized and are out of isolation (BCCDC Vaccine Considerations). The CDC recommends that people who have had COVID-19 should be immunized with the COVID-19 Vaccine if they are not currently symptomatic.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE VACCINE?
You may experience side effects from the vaccine 1-2 days after receiving it, such as pain or swelling at the site of injection, fever, chills, tiredness or fatigue. If these symptoms persist, take the BC Covid Self Assessment and follow instructions. For more information on what to expect after your vaccine, visit BCCDC After Vaccine Care.
I GOT THE FIRST DOSE OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE, BUT I’M NOT SCHEDULED FOR A SECOND DOSE. AM I STILL IMMUNE?
Growing scientific evidence confirms even the first ‘priming’ dose of the COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection; the second ‘booster’ dose ensures longer-lasting robust protection. Because of this, BC is offering the second dose of the vaccine to be 4 months after your first dose, allowing more people to be vaccinated more quickly. For more information, see BCCDC COVID-19 Vaccine.
I GOT THE COVID-19 VACCINE. DO I STILL HAVE TO FOLLOW PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES LIKE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND QUARANTINE MEASURES?
Yes! At this time, as the majority of the population remains unimmunized, even if you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, it is still important that you continue to follow public health recommendations, such as frequent handwashing, wearing a mask, and physical distancing. This also means that at this time, you must still follow Self Quarantine Protocols if you travel or have been exposed to COVID-19. For more information, visit BCCDC COVID-19 Vaccine Monitoring.