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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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By Michelle Cyca

Posted on May 04, 2021 | Updated June 25, 2021, 12:42pm

Filed in Faculty, Staff, Students

Who should get vaccinated, and how you can register.

As of June 25, 2021 over 4.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC. Vaccines have been prioritized based on age and risk factors, but everyone in BC is expected to receive their first dose by July 2021.

To ensure you receive a vaccine when one is available, we encourage you to register for your COVID-19 vaccine. You should register if:

  • You have not received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, or
  • You have received one dose already, but have not received a second

By registering, you will be contacted when you are eligible to receive your vaccination.

Who is eligible?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone in BC age 12 and over. You must register to receive an invitation to book a vaccine appointment.

Some groups, including pregnant people and Indigenous people, are prioritized to receive the vaccine sooner. Visit the BC COVID-19 Immunization Plan website for the most comprehensive information.

The vaccine is free and available to anyone who lives or works in BC. This includes international students, even those who are recently arrived and do not yet have MSP.

How to register

You can register online to receive a notification, by text or email, when you are able to book your appointment. This is the fastest option, but you require a BC Personal Health Number (PHN) to register. Your PHN is on the back of your BC driver's licence, BC Services Card or CareCard.

If you don't have a BC PHN, you can register by phone or in person.

By phone: 1-833-838-2323 | Translators are available | 7 am to 7 pm | Dial 711 for hearing-impaired

In person: At a Service BC office.

Pharmacy vaccinations

People born in 1991 and earlier can get the AstraZeneca vaccine at eligible pharmacies. This may allow you to get a vaccine sooner, rather than waiting for your turn in the provincial vaccination program.

Most pharmacy appointments are full, but you can search for a pharmacy near you. You must book your appointment directly with the pharmacy.

Regardless of whether you get a vaccine appointment at a pharmacy, you should still register using the information above to ensure you can get your second dose when it's available.

More information is available in the FAQs below. For the most comprehensive information, visit the BC COVID-19 Immunization Plan website.

Information on the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 terms, and how we are planning for them, will be available on the Emily Carr COVID-19 webpage.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory?
Can I get vaccinated in BC as an international student?
If I got AstraZeneca for my first dose, what should I do for my second?
What if I got my first vaccine in another country?
How many vaccinations have been administered?