Pharmacist

COVID BOOSTER DOSES

A booster dose is an additional shot of vaccine that helps you maintain and lengthen your protection against COVID-19. The timing of your booster dose is based on your risk level of getting COVID-19, your age and the time since your second dose.

Once you become eligible, you remain eligible. You will not miss your opportunity to get your booster dose. All booster doses will be mRNA vaccines. You will receive either the Moderna or Pfizer (mRNA) vaccine for your booster dose. These vaccines are interchangeable and individual requests for a specific vaccine cannot be made.

November 2021 to January 2022: People most at risk of getting COVID-19 (Seniors 70+ and Indigenous people 18+)

You will be invited to book an appointment to get your booster by the BC COVID Vaccine Centre. Invitations will be sent out by risk, age group (from oldest to youngest based on the year you were born) and the date of your second dose.

January 2022 onwards: Everyone in B.C.
Starting in January 2022, people 18 years and older will get a booking invitation between 6 to 8 months after the date of their second dose. First and second vaccine doses will continue to protect you from COVID-19 until you get a booster dose. You must be invited to book an appointment. You can't go to a drop-in clinic for boosters.

Get registered for your booster dose: 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. Registering and providing basic contact information about yourself is the first step to getting vaccinated. You can register for yourself or for someone else, like a parent or grandparent. To complete registration, you need to provide a Personal Health Number. After you register, you will receive a text, email or phone call when it's your turn to book a vaccine appointment. Your registration information will be shared with Columbia Street Pharmacy prior to your scheduled appointment.

Booking an appointment:
When it's time to get your booster dose, you can book an appointment at Columbia Street Pharmacy. ALL of the COVID booster doses MUST be booked on the centralized provincial Get Vaccinated program online on the website or by phone. You may also call Columbia Street Pharmacy to book over the phone with the pharmacy. Like you did for dose 1 or dose 2, use your confirmation number to select a location, date and time. You can do this online or by phone. If you want to get your booster dose at the same time as a family member, you must both book back-to-back appointments.