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COVID-19 Fall Booster Campaign

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. 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.

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.

Bivalent (two-strain) vaccine

Starting the week of Monday Sept. 19, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) COVID-19 vaccine clinics began offering 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 will be 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.

Eligibility for fall booster

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.

Fall booster following COVID-19 infection

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.

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

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.

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

6 months to 11 years

October 8-9
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

All Ages

October 13-16
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

October 20-21
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Croatian Cultural Centre

3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4E4

12+ years

September 19-29, October 1-9
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

October 11-13
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

October 14
10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


UBC – Life Sciences Centre

2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

12+ years

September 26-29, October 3-5
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

October 11-12
10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Strathcona Community Centre

601 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 3V8

12+ years

October 6-7
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

ICBC Claim Centre

255 Lloyd Ave., North Vancouver, B.C. V7P 3G5

6 months to 11 years

September 7-10, September 14-17
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

6 months and older

September 20-24, September 27-29, October 1, October 4-8
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Richmond Public Health Clinic 

8100 Granville Ave, Richmond, BC, V6Y 1W7

6 months to 11 years

September 29
October 7-9, 14-16, 20, 21, 28-30
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Lipont Place

4211 No. 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2C3

All ages

September 27-29, October 1, October 4-8, 
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

October 11-13
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

October 18-20
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

VCH vaccination clinics: Rural communities

Squamish Sea To Sky Hotel 
40330 Tantalus Road, Garibaldi Highlands, B.C. V0N 1T0

6 months to 11 years

September 14
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

September 17
9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

6 months and older

September 21-22, September 28-29, October 5-6
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.


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

6 months to 11 years

September 13
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

September 24
9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

6 months and older

September 20, 23, 27, October 4, 7
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.


Pemberton Health Care Centre 
1403 Pemberton Portage Road, Pemberton, V0N 2L0

6 months to 11 years

September 15
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

October 1
9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

6 months and older

September 22-23, September 29, October 6-7
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.


There are no scheduled vaccination clinics.

qathet/Powell River Recreation Complex – Cedar Room

5001 Joyce Ave (Upper Level)

6 months and older

September 23, September 29, October 1, October 6 - 7
9:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Texada Island: Gillies Bay Hall

4913 Gillies Bay Road

6 months and older

September 22
10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sechelt Health Unit
5571 Inlet Ave, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A3

6 months – 11 years old

October 15
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Sechelt Legion
5591 Wharf Ave, Sechelt, V0N 3A3

5 years and older

October 11

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Gibsons Legion
747 Gibsons Way, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V9

5 years and older

October 12-13
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Madeira Park Legion
12829 Lillies Lake Rd, Madeira Park, BC V0N 2H0

5 years and older

October 14
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

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. 

Information sheets

Download and print the COVID-19 vaccine information sheet (PDF). Information sheets are also available in these languages:

Posters

Download and print the COVID-19 vaccine information poster (PDF). Posters are also available in these languages:

Download and print the COVID-19 vaccine safety poster in these languages:

Frontline workers

For information on how eligible frontline workers can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, visit vch.ca/FrontlineVaccine.

How do I talk to others about COVID-19 vaccines?

‎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. 

 


Last updated: September 21, 2022


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