COVID-19 vaccine plan

Last updated: August 11, 2022, 12:00 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: Everyone age 6 months and older can now be registered in the Get Vaccinated system.

This system has three simple steps:

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

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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

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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.

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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 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)

COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months to 4

Health Canada has approved the Moderna mRNA vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years. This vaccine will be available for children in this age group starting in early August. Local vaccine clinic details will be available soon. You can now register your child(ren) for their dose 1, using the same Get Vaccinated registration system as above.

Learn more about vaccines for children and vaccine safety here:

COVID-19 vaccines for children 5 to 11

Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty mRNA vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. This vaccine will be available for children as early as the end of November. Local vaccine clinic details will be available soon. You should now register your child(ren) for their dose 1, using the same Get Vaccinated registration system as above.

Learn more about vaccines for children and vaccine safety here:

Booster doses

Everyone 12 years and older will be invited to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 6 months after they received their second dose. A booster dose is an additional shot of vaccine that helps you maintain and lengthen your protection against COVID-19. When you get a booster dose, you're helping protect you and the people around you from COVID-19.

To get your booking invitation, you must be registered with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system and your immunization record must be up-to-date. Individuals will be contacted when they are eligible to book a third dose.

View more info about booster shots, and when you may be eligible.

Second Booster/Spring Booster doses

A second booster dose will be available for some people 6 months after the date of their first booster. A second booster offers extra protection against severe outcomes of COVID-19 and will be offered to:

  • People living in a long-term care facility
  • People 70 years and older living in the community or an assisted living facility
  • Indigenous people 55 years and older living in the community or an assisted living facility

View more info about booster doses and when you may be eligible.

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 (PDF) - HealthLink BC

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


Additional vaccine information

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine

As provincial health officials recently explained, BC has received its first shipment of the Johnson and Johnson or Janssen vaccine, and the current priority is to make the vaccine available to health care workers who are affected under the provincial health officer order and wish to be immunized and are currently on leave, so they can return to work. BC initially received approximately 5,000 doses, but it is expected more will come.
If you are or know somebody that would like to get this vaccine, the way to do that is to contact the Immunize BC call centre at 1-833-838-2323, and let the agent know that you would like to be put on the wait list for the J&J or Janssen vaccine. Your information will be collected, when doses are available you will be contacted.


Dose 2 appointments

You can book your second dose appointment as early as 56 days (8 weeks) after your first dose. Receiving a second dose earlier may be offered in communities experiencing an outbreak or high-transmission of COVID-19.

  • 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 - Government of British Columbia


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)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information (PDF) - BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
    • This document contains some answers to common questions about COVID-19 vaccinations in children
    • More info is available on the BCCDC Website

Dose 3 vaccine for the clinically extremely vulnerable and severely immunocompromised

Some people with certain health conditions are at higher-risk from COVID-19 and have been identified as “clinically extremely vulnerable and severely immunocompromised”.

People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems will generally have lower antibody responses from two COVID-19 vaccine doses. Studies show that giving a third dose to complete the initial vaccine series can help these individuals create antibodies to protect them from COVID-19.

People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and meet the criteria will receive a third dose of vaccine.

Get your third dose

You will be contacted by the provincial Get Vaccinated system about how and when to book a third dose, about 4 weeks after you receive your second dose.

  • If you've selected email or SMS communication, you'll be sent a link to book an appointment online
  • If you've asked to be contacted by phone, a call centre agent will call you to book an appointment

If you believe you meet the criteria of people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and haven't been contacted by October 8, get in touch with your health care provider.

Find a local vaccination clinic in your community to book an appointment or find a drop-in time.


Dose 3 vaccine for travel purposes

At this time, the Provincial Health Office has approved people with mixed vaccines, who require travel to a country that does not recognize mixed vaccines, to receive Dose 3 on an exception basis only for specific reasons. The allowable exceptions for Dose 3 are:

  • Compassionate: Anyone needing to travel internationally due to a seriously ill or in distress family member or loved one
  • Essential work travel (must provide documentation in all circumstances):
    • Essential travel internationally to attend school
    • Essential travel internationally for work/business
    • NOTE: Travel for pleasure/vacation/elective events or other reasons is not approved or covered under this exception criteria.

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.


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 (PDF) - BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

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


COVID-19 immunization record

Your COVID-19 immunization record is stored on the province’s online database called Health Gateway. Health Gateway can be accessed from your computer, tablet or mobile phone and you can print a copy of your immunization record. To register, visit There is a BC Services Help Desk available to assist you with the process.

What about a paper record?

Paper records for immunizations are not standardized in BC. Pharmacies, physicians, and health authorities, like Northern Health, use different formats. The official record of immunization for every BC resident is kept in the Province’s online Health Gateway system.

In BC, some people received a credit-card size piece of paper, which is one form of paper immunization record; however, it doesn’t contain as much information as the paper record that you received from the clinic in your community. After your immunization, you received a copy of your record on yellow paper. It includes your name, date of birth, personal health number, the date you received your immunization, lot number, type of vaccine, and injection site, as well as your immunizer's name and signature at the bottom. On the back, it also has information about after-immunization care, like what side effects can be expected and what to do if you experience any of the side effects.

More information can be found on the Government's Immunize BC site.

Visiting long-term care and seniors’ assisted living facilities

Starting July 19, fully immunized visitors can visit with residents without wearing a mask. Acceptable proof of immunization in this situation are:

  • Paper record provided at the clinic
  • Health Gateway record (printed or shown on your mobile device)

Do you have any vaccine questions?


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.
Youth resources
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Extended dose intervals

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


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

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