COVID-19 vaccine plan

Last updated: June 17, 2021, 3:25 pm

Visit the COVID-19 vaccine immunization clinics

*This plan is subject to change. Due to the complexity of Northern geography, logistics, outbreaks, vaccine supply, and other factors, changes to timelines and the plan may be made as required.

The current immunization schedule developed for the North, in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, Métis Nation BC, and Northern Health, is focused on phases one and two priority groups of BC's immunization plan (developed based on recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization), and on protecting those most vulnerable to severe illness, first.

For more information on the vaccine and priority groups, visit the Government of BC website and the First Nations Health Authority website.

Booking your vaccine appointment

Registering for a vaccine appointment

  • Register now: If you're born in 2009 or earlier (age 12+),
  • Register now: Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) 12 years and older

This system has three simple steps:

Step 1: Register Step 2: Book an appointment Step 3: Get the vaccine

Register for COVID-19 vaccination graphic

First, you register and get a confirmation number. You need that number to later book your vaccination appointment. Registering also helps health authorities request the right amount of vaccine doses for each community.

Register online


Book appointment for COVID-19 vaccination graphic

Once you have registered, you will be notified when you become eligible to book an appointment. This is based on your age and the provincial Immunization Plan phases. Your notification will include instructions on how to book, which will be done online or by phone.


Get the vaccine for COVID-19 vaccination graphic

Visit the clinic to get your vaccine dose. People who get their first vaccine dose will be notified by email, text, or phone when they are eligible to book an appointment for their second dose.

Visit gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated for more information.

A provincial call centre (1-833-838-2323) is available for people who do not have a Personal Health Number or need additional support making an appointment. This service is available in 140 languages.

Or you can register in-person at the nearest Service BC location

You will need to provide your:

  • Legal first and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Post code
  • Personal health number (aka: care card)
  • An email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages (a direct line to you or your support person)

Dose 2 appointments

You’ll get your second dose about 8 weeks after the first dose. If you registered on the province’s Get Vaccinated website, you'll be notified automatically when it's time for your second dose.

  • If you got your first dose before the provincial registration system was available, you need to register now at Get Vaccinated. That way, you’re in the system and you’ll get that notification when it’s time for your second dose.
  • If you’ve already registered, and you’ve already got your first dose, you’re in the system. You’ll be notified automatically when it’s time for your second dose. You don’t need to do anything else.

Note: If you signed up with a pharmacy or with your local health unit, this is not the same as registering with the provincial system. You should still register now at Get Vaccinated.

Vaccine availability for second doses

  • For the most part, if you got the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for your first dose you will get Pfizer again for your second dose.
  • If you got the Moderna mRNA vaccine for your first dose, you could get either Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose.
  • Both the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are effectively interchangeable and are safe to mix.
  • If you can't remember what vaccine you got as your first dose or the date of your first dose appointment, you can check on your record of immunization (Northern Health paper form provided to you), or online immunization record through Health Gateway.

​​​​More information on second doses is available: Get your second vaccine dose - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Vaccines for youth 12-17

If you are 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier), you're eligible to get vaccinated. You can get vaccinated by yourself, with your parents, or with a trusted adult.

Under the Infants Act, minors can give consent as a mature minor to receive health care, like getting a vaccine.

For now, all young people between 12 and 17 years old who want a vaccine should be registering in the provincial system.

To book a vaccine appointment, please find your community below for specific instructions.

Youth immunization trusted resources

  • Immunize BC
    • What to expect at the clinic
    • Frequently asked questions
    • Giving permission to get the vaccine (Mature minor consent)
  • BCCDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information
    • This document contains some answers to common questions about COVID-19 vaccinations in children
    • More info is available on the BCCDC Website
Expand

What to expect at your vaccine appointment

How to prepare for your appointment:

  • Are you feeling sick? Please stay home. You can phone the call centre to reschedule your appointment.
  • Read through the BCCDC vaccine screening checklist and flag any questions or concerns for the immunizer.
  • Bring your BC Services/care card, or other government ID.
  • Wear clothing that lets us easily reach your upper arm.
  • The vaccine clinic is a scent-free environment; please be mindful of this as some are severely allergic to scents.
  • Arrive no more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.
  • Your appointment will take about 10 minutes, and we’ll ask you to wait for another 15 minutes before leaving the clinic.
  • Everyone who is immunized will receive an Immunization Record and After Care information and resources.
  • More info on what to expect when you get a COVID-19 vaccine is available on the BCCDC website.

Reminder: Public health orders remain in effect for everyone, including those who have received their vaccine. Please continue to wear a mask, avoid non-essential travel and large gatherings, and practice good hand hygiene and physical distancing.

Looking for more info on the vaccine? Read the COVID-19 Vaccine Health File.

More information on expected side effects and your immunization record is available below.

Expand

Additional vaccine information

Vaccinations for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable

Some people with certain health conditions are at higher-risk from COVID-19 and have been identified as “clinically extremely vulnerable” (CEV). People in this group, aged 16-74, will be able to register for their COVID-19 vaccine starting on March 29, 2021, once they receive their letter.

Those people identified as CEV will receive a letter in the mail in the coming days with information on how to book an appointment, beginning March 29, 2021. People who receive this invitation letter must bring it with them to their vaccination appointment.

Second doses

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable and require their second dose should register with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system. You will also get a letter in the mail reminding you to register.

Expand

When will I get the vaccine?

Everyone in BC will have an opportunity to get the vaccine if they choose, but the first priority groups to receive the vaccine include those individuals who may be most vulnerable to serious illness and the individuals who care for them. The BC COVID-19 immunization plan is available on the Government of BC website.

Following all priority groups, it's the Province's goal to be able to immunize all BC residents who want it by the end of September 2021. ​​​Until then, we all need to continue to protect each other by following public health orders and guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

For more info, and frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 immunization, please visit the Immunize BC website.

Expand

Expected side effects

The vaccine is not a live virus vaccine and cannot give you COVID-19. Many people have no side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. Side effects can develop in the day or two after receiving the vaccine and should be mild and go away in a few days. If you feel well, you may still attend work. Continue to follow public health guidelines even after you are vaccinated.

Side effects may include:

  • Redness, swelling or feeling sore where you had the needle
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes under armpit
  • Fever or chills
  • Body aches or muscle soreness
  • Vomiting or loose stool

*Respiratory symptoms (including cough) are not side effects from the vaccine.

Members of the public should report all unexpected side effects to the local health unit. Find your local health unit.

Find more vaccine-specific aftercare information on the BCCDC site.

If you have side effects that are the same as COVID-19 symptoms, you must:

  • Stay away from others (isolate) even if you think they are from the vaccine.
  • Use the BC COVID-19 Online Self-Assessment Tool if you experience any symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection, including respiratory symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, etc.) or any symptoms listed above, with the exception of reactions at the site where your vaccine was given. This will let you know if you need to get tested for COVID-19.

If you have been told to isolate for other reasons/symptoms OR your symptoms do not go away within 48 hours, follow guidance from your physician or primary care provider or call 8-1-1.

  • Please report any unexpected side effects following immunization.
  • Wait until 14 days after your immunization before receiving another vaccine, unless advised otherwise by a healthcare provider.
  • Do not receive another vaccine within 14 days prior to a COVID-19 immunization.

If you believe you have COVID-19 and require a COVID-19 test, call your physician or primary care provider or the Northern Health Virtual Clinic 1-844-645-7811. For more information on COVID-19 and vaccines, visit www.bccdc.ca

Expand

Record

An electronic record of your COVID-19 immunization will be available online through Health Gateway. Health Gateway can be accessed from your computer, tablet or mobile phone using your Mobile Card. To register, visit www.healthgateway.gov.bc.ca

Expand

Do you have any vaccine questions?
Expand

Resources

NH resources
  • COVID-19 community toolkit: These tools and resources can help you promote the COVID-19 vaccine to your staff, community, or local audience.
  • COVID-19 vaccine plan resources: Please feel free to download the resources for printing for your community or sharing via social media networks.
Expand

Youth resources
Expand

Numbers to date
  • Provincial vaccine data on the BCCDC COVID-19 Dashboard (see “Vaccine Information” at bottom of dashboard; may need to toggle arrows to the right.)
  • Vaccine information on this Dashboard can now be filtered by health authority. Follow above instructions and filter by Northern for updated info on vaccine doses administered in Northern Health.
Expand

Extended dose intervals

For more info regarding the extended dose intervals for COVID-19 vaccines please see:

Expand

We are proud to be working in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority and Metis Nation BC.

Northern Health, FNHA and Metis logos