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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.

Register 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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B.C. is making plans to offer everyone 12 years and above a fall booster dose

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has been clear this approach will provide the best protection in the fall and winter when we're all spending more time inside and respiratory illness is passed around our communities.

Learn more about booster doses from the Province of B.C.

Vancouver Coastal Health continues to work with the Province of B.C. and other health authorities on a comprehensive COVID-19 Immunization Plan. Please read on to learn more about vaccine eligibility and clinics in your community.

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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

August 8-12  
August 16-19
August 22-26

Monday to Thursday
10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Vancouver Community College, Broadway Campus - Building B
1120 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 4V5

6 months to 11 years

August 9-13, August 17-20, August 23-27
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

ICBC Claim Centre

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

6 months to 11 years

August 3-6, August 10-13, August 17-20
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Richmond Public Health Clinic 

8100 Granville Ave, Richmond, BC, V6Y 1W7

6 months to 11 years

August 12-14, August 18-19, August 26-28
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

September 2-4
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Tomekichi Homma Elementary School
5100 Brunswick Dr., Richmond, V7E 6K9

6 months to 11 years

August 10-12, August 17-19, August 24-26
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 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

August 10, August 17
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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

6 months to 11 years

August 9, August 16
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Pemberton Health Centre Vaccine 
1403 Pemberton Portage Rd., Pemberton, B.C. V0N 2L0

All ages: 6 months +

August 5, August 11-12
9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Bowen Island Community School 
1041 Mount Gardner Road, Bowen Island, V0N1G2

6 months to 11 years

August 13
10 a.m. to 4 p.m


Powell River Public Health Unit
3rd Floor, 5000 Joyce Ave., Powell River, V8A 5R3

6 months to 11 years

August 6
9:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ‎

 

Gibsons Legion
747 Gibsons Way, Gibsons, V0N 1V9

5 years and older 

August 11
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ‎


Gibsons Health Unit
821 Gibsons Way, Gibson, V0N 1V8

6 months to 11 years

August 10
4:45 p.m. to 7:45 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. 

Vaccines for infants and children

All infants and children ages six months to 11 years are eligible to receive a COVID-19 pediatric vaccine. B.C. parents and guardians are encouraged to register their children in the provincial Get Vaccinated system.

Booster doses

Everyone aged 18 and older who received dose 1 and 2, and who wants a booster, will receive an invitation to book a booster appointment about 6 months after their dose 2 vaccination. Pregnant people 18 years and older can get a booster dose 8 weeks after their second dose. You must make an appointment for a booster dose. For information on booster doses, visit the BCCDC website.

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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Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine

There is a limited supply of Janssen vaccine in B.C. This is a single-dose vaccine; one dose qualifies the recipient as fully vaccinated under all Provincial Health Officer’s orders that require vaccination, including for employment.

If this is the vaccine you want, please call 1-833-838-2323 and inform the agent that your preference is to receive the Janssen vaccine and you can be added to a waitlist for this vaccine.

Only the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have been authorized for use by Health Canada as booster doses. According to guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), a booster dose with a viral vector COVID-19 vaccine (AstraZeneca Vaxzevria or Janssen) should only be considered when other authorized COVID-19 vaccines are contraindicated or inaccessible. For more information, please see the Government of Canada website or this specific resource on vaccine doses in Canada.

For more information about the Janssen vaccine visit Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine on Canada.ca.


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: August 5, 2022
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