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COVID-19 and influenza vaccines

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Influenza (flu) vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines available 

This year, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) COVID-19 vaccine clinics are also serving as influenza (flu) vaccine clinics, along with community pharmacies and many family physician and nurse practitioner offices. 

See the full list of vaccination clinics. Clinics will prioritize children six months to 11 years old. 

Flu vaccines

In B.C., everyone six months and older is recommended to get an annual flu vaccine, especially those at greatest risk from infection, including 

  • children, 
  • adults 65 years and older, 
  • pregnant people and 
  • those with chronic conditions. 

Book appointments through the province's Get Vaccinated system. Children under 9 who have never had a flu vaccine need two doses of flu vaccine this year. if this is your child's first year receiving flu vaccine, please phone the call centre at 1-833-838-2323 to book Dose 2 for them in four weeks.

Book your vaccine appointment on GetVaccinated 

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Fall booster vaccinations

In B.C., anyone five years and above is recommended to receive a fall booster dose to prolong their immune response coming into respiratory season during colder months. Please note, children under five are not eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Once you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose, you will receive a notification through the province's Get Vaccinated system via email or text message.

Bivalent (two-strain) vaccine

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) COVID-19 vaccine offers immunizations with the new combination bivalent (two-strain) vaccine as part of the province's fall booster program. This vaccine type provides an immune response against the original virus strain and Omicron variants, and is expected to be effective at reducing the risk of serious illness. This new vaccine is available as a booster to all adults over the age of 18 years, and youth from 12-17 years who are at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19.

Where to receive your fall booster

VCH welcomes community members to schedule an appointment at any VCH vaccine clinic across our region- find details of our clinic locations below. Many community pharmacies across B.C. are also immunizing eligible individuals. Those booking an appointment can select a date, time and location that is most convenient to them.

Further information about the fall booster

For further information, visit the Government of B.C.'s website or the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. You can also speak to your family doctor, nurse practitioner, or call 8-1-1 for free healthcare guidance.

Fall booster information is also available in the following languages:

简体中文 - Chinese Simplified

繁體中文 - Chinese Traditional

ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Punjabi

Tiếng Việt - Vietnamese

Español - Spanish

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COVID-19 vaccines available for infants and children six months to four years 

Infants and children six months to four years can now be safely vaccinated against COVID-19 in B.C. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is operating COVID-19 vaccination clinics across communities in our region where young children can get immunized. The dedicated clinics are led by staff with training in childhood immunizations to ensure children, parents and guardians receive the highest quality of care and support. 

How to get your infant or child immunized

  1. Register
    To book an appointment, first register your infant or child in the provincial Get Vaccinated system. You will be notified once you can book an appointment for your infant or child. Please note: If you receive an invite for a child under 5, the invitation is for the first COVID-19 vaccine or the flu vaccine - booster doses are not currently recommended for children six months to 5 year's of age.

  2. Schedule your appointment. 
    Once you receive a notification, you can book your infant or child's appointment in the Get Vaccinated system. You can select a location, date and time that is most convenient for you. 

About infant and child COVID-19 immunizations

VCH is now welcoming infants and children from six months to four years to our vaccine clinics. Clinic staff are trained in the delivery of childhood COVID-19 immunizations, and are committed to making it a positive experience for families. The majority of clinics have established separate quiet spaces for children with special needs such as autism, sensory processing, or needle phobia. Older children from five years of age and above continue to be eligible for vaccination. Parents or guardians with several children will be accommodated for immunizations across VCH clinics.

Safety of vaccines for use in children
Health Canada rigorously reviewed efficacy and safety data to ensure the vaccine is safe, with a low risk of side effects before authorizing its use among this young age group. Getting children vaccinated from COVID-19 provides a number of critical benefits. While children six months to four years are at a lower risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 compared to older age groups, vaccination is expected to reduce their risk further. To receive the best protection, children should receive two doses with at least eight weeks between the first and second dose.

Further information about COVID-19 immunizations for children
COVID-19 vaccination information and resources, including guidance on how to prepare children for vaccination, can be found on the BCCDC website. VCH advises anyone with questions regarding childhood COVID-19 vaccinations to speak to their family doctor, nurse practitioner, or to call 8-1-1 for healthcare guidance.

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Find a vaccination clinic

View a map of all VCH vaccination clinics

VCH vaccination clinics: Urban communities

VCH Clinic
2005 East 44th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5P 3W9

Ages 6 months to 11 years

February 7, February 16-17
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Evergreen Community Health Centre
3425 Crowley Dr, Vancouver, B.C. V5R 6G3

Ages 6 months to 11 years

February 3, February 10
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ravensong Community Health Centre
2450 Ontario St, Vancouver, B.C. V5T 4T7

Ages 6 months to 11 years

February 4, February 11, February 18
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre
2110 W 43 Ave, Vancouver, B.C. V6M 2E1

Ages 6 months to 11 years

February 6, February 10, February 13
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.



North Shore Public Health - Central

132 West Esplanade, 5th floor, North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 1A2

Ages 6 months to 11 years

February 3, February 10, February 17
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

February 4
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


West Vancouver Community Health Centre

2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, B.C. V7V 4Y2 

Ages 6 months to 11 years
February 8, February 15

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Richmond COVID Pediatric Outreach Clinic

8100 Granville Ave, Richmond, BC, V6Y 1W7

6 months to 11 years
6 months to 17 years with special needs such as sensory issues, autism, severe anxiety, needle phobias

February 10-12, 17-19, 23-24
March 3-5, 10-12, 16-17, 24-26
9:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

VCH vaccination clinics: Rural communities

Squamish Health Unit 

1140 Hunter Pl, Squamish, B.C. V8B 0A2

Ages 6 months to 11 years

February 3
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

February 6
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

February 13
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

February 17
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Whistler Health Care Centre 
4380 Lorimer Rd., Whistler, B.C. V8E 1A7
By appointment only.

All ages

February 8, February 15, February 22, March 1, March 15, March 22, March 29
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Pemberton Health Care Centre 
1403 Pemberton Portage Road, Pemberton, V0N 2L0
By appointment only.

All ages

February 8
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

February 22, March 8, March 22
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Bowen Island Community School 

1041 Mount Gardner Road, Bowen Island, B.C. V0N1G2

All ages

January 21
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Powell River Public Health Unit

3rd Floor, 5000 Joyce Ave., Powell River, BC V8A 5R3
By appointment only.

6 months to 11 years only

February 3, February 17
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

February 10
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sechelt Health Unit
5571 Inlet Ave, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A3
By appointment only.

Ages 6 months to 11 years

February 9, February 23
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Gibsons Health Unit
821 Gibsons Way, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V9
By appointment only.

Aged 6 months to 11 years

February 3, February 10, February 17
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Aged 5+ years

February 3, February 10, February 17
1:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Seaside Centre
5790 Teredo St, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0
No available dates.

Bella Coola Health Unit – All ages 

‎PO Box 220 - 1025 Elchoi St., Bella Coola, B.C. V0T 1C0


Clinic hours by appointment only.

Bella Coola Medical Clinic - (250) 799 5342

‎Bella Coola Public Health - (250) 799 5722


Eligibility

Appointments are required at all clinics to receive booster doses, and for immunizations of children ages six months and older. 

Booster doses

Currently, everyone five years and above is recommended to receive their fall booster. At this time, infants and children six months to four years of age are not recommended to receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, a fall booster dose is recommended for:

  • everyone five years and older in B.C. to prolong their immune response coming into respiratory season during colder months. 
  • Youth under 17 year's of age without underlying health conditions will be offered an approved mRNA vaccine, such as Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech) or Spikevox (Moderna). 
  • Booster doses are not currently recommended for children six months to 5 year's of age.

You are advised to get a booster dose even if you've already been infected with COVID-19, as the combination of infection and vaccination provides the strongest protection (i.e. "hybrid immunity"). If a person was recently infected with COVID-19, they are recommended to wait three to six months before receiving their booster dose, as the booster shot is not effective in those recently infected.

Dose 1 and dose 2

Drop-ins are welcome for dose 1 or dose 2 at all VCH COVID-19 vaccination clinics on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on your eligibility and vaccine availability. People aged 12+ are eligible to be vaccinated and you are eligible for a second dose 56 days after your first dose. 

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Resources

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and B.C.'s immunization plan, visit gov.bc.ca/covid19. For non-medical questions about COVID-19, you can speak to Service BC in more than 120 languages at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319). Visit our frequently asked questions page for information on common questions. 

‎Drop-ins are now welcome at all VCH clinics on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on your eligibility and vaccine availability. People 12+ are eligible to be vaccinated and you are eligible for a second dose at 56 days after your first dose. 

While registration and booking using the provincial Get Vaccinated system is still encouraged, these clinics will allow eligible people to drop-in and receive a vaccine without a scheduled appointment. You are encouraged to bring your immunization record card or show your online immunization record on Health Gateway.

For information on mixing COVID-19 vaccine brands, visit the getting your second vaccine dose page on the BC Gov website.

COVID-19 vaccination: Why your second dose is important

Watch a COVID-19 vaccine information session hosted by VCH Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Patricia Daly on YouTube.

Watch these COVID-19 vaccine information sessions hosted by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and VCH in Cantonese or Mandarin.

Cantonese (廣東話)

Mandarin (普通话)

 

Under the Infants Act, children can give consent to receive health care, like getting a vaccine. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines for youth, please visit our Frequently asked questions page. Watch this video walkthrough for youth to find out what to expect at a vaccination clinic. 

 






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