COVID-19 Vaccination for Medical Staff


Island Health Vaccination Rollout Update

Island Health roll-out to groups/individuals is aligned with the direction of the Province.

Vaccine Roll-out Toolkit | Doctors of BC
New: December 18, 2020

Our Phase 4 immunizations are being booked for:

Timeline: June 2021 - 

Youth age 12+ are now able to walk-in to our mass immunization clinics for dose 1.

Getting Your Vaccine

Island Health has created staff lists and using privileging databases based on where people are working. Those lists will fully ensure the right people are booked at the right time based on vaccine supply. We are confident we can provide vaccinations in a fair, orderly and expeditious way as vaccine supply increases.

No action is required from you and you will be contacted directly aligned to the provincial phased priority plan.

Contact information is obtained from the privileging database for preferred phone numbers. If you have recently changed your phone number or believe the phone number contained within the privileging database may be out of date, please update your information by completing the COVID-19 Vaccine Contact Information Update form. 

If you are part of the current priority phase and have not been contacted please reach out to your Department/Division Head or

Dose 2 Vaccination Instructions for all Medical Staff

What You Need To Know:

  • B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization plan calls for a 8 weeks - 16 weeks interval between first and second doses of vaccine.
  • Island Health’s call centre is calling all staff and medical staff who were immunized on or before February 21 to book their second dose appointments in May.
  • Anyone immunized after February 21 will be due for their second doses starting in June.
  • You must be registered in the provincial booking system in order to make your second dose appointment. 

If You Were Vaccinated On or Before Feb. 21:

  • Island Health’s call centre agents are calling all staff and medical staff who were vaccinated prior to February 21.
  • If you do not receive a call to make an appointment by Wednesday, May 19th, please call Island Health’s call centre at 1-844-439-1919 and press 1.

If You Were Vaccinated After Feb. 21:

  • If you were booked by Island Health’s call centre, and vaccinated after February 21, your second dose will be due in June or July.
  • You must register with the provincial registration system in order to book your second dose appointment.
  • Please register now by going to or calling 1-833-838-2323.
  • Registration takes approximately two minutes.
  • To register you will need to provide:
    • First and last name
    • Date of birth
    • Postal Code
    • Personal Health Number
    • An email address that is checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages
  • You do not need to input the date that you received your first dose. The provincial and Island Health information systems are connected and will automatically register the date of your first dose.
  • After you register you may receive a message indicating that you can book your first dose appointment.
  • Even if your second dose isn’t due until July it is important that you register now so that you are notified as soon as you can make a second dose appointment.

If You Have Not Yet Been Vaccinated Yet:

  • It's definitely not too late to make an appointment for your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to register in the provincial booking system for an appointment.  
  • Please visit or call 1-833-838-2323 to register.
  • Questions? Please speak with your manager or email:
Interval Between First and Second Dose

The interval between the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine is currently 8 - 16 weeks.  This is supported by Canada’s national Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI). "NACI recommends that in the context of limited COVID-19 vaccine supply, jurisdictions should maximize the number of individuals benefiting from the first dose of vaccine by extending the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine up to four months after the first."  You can read the NACI recommendation here.

Increased interval between dose 1 and 2 Information:

Second-dose deferral to extend COVID-19 vaccine coverage: Review of the Evidence
New: January 28, 2021

BCCDC: Public health statement on deferral of second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in BC

BCCDC: Second Dose Deferral to Extend COVID-19

The New England Journal of Medicine: Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine

The Lancet: Early rate reductions of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 in BNT162b2 vaccine recipients

The Lancet: Single-dose administration and the influence of the timing of the booster dose on immunogenicity and efficacy of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine: a pooled analysis of four randomised trials

Data from Scotland: Effectiveness of first dose of COVID-19 vaccines against hospital admissions in Scotland: national prospective cohort study of 5.4 million people

Education Recommendations for COVID-19 Immunizers

Education Recommendations for COVID-19 Immunizers
New: March 4, 2021



Adverse Events Following Immunization

Update to Communicable Disease Control Manual
New: July 13, 2021

CDC Interval between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines in BC
New: July 2, 2021
CDC mRNA Vaccine Effectiveness (VE): 1st Dose
New: June 30, 2021

Updates to Immunization Manual
Updated: June 16, 2021

CDC Vaccination FAQs for Health Care Providers
New: May 6, 2021

How to get vaccinated for COVID-19
Updated: April 12, 2021


Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) Patients Vaccination
New: April 8, 2021


Underserved: Communicating Effectively about COVID-19 Immunization

New: March 1, 2021

Island Health Updates 

3 Steps To Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine
New: April 13, 2021

IH.gif COVID-19 Post-Immunization Symptom Screener
New: April 9, 2021
IH.gif ImmsBC Vaccination Clinic — Clinician Scripts 
New: April 6, 2021

BC Immunization Plan - Phase 2

New: March 1, 2021


Weekly Update about Island Health's COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Updated: May 5, 2021

IH.gif Vaccine second dose re-scheduled
New: January 25, 2021
IH.gif Memo: Update on vaccination appointments
New: January 22, 2021
IH.gif Immunization campaign update
New: January 20, 2021
IH.gif Vaccine Distribution by Priority Population
IH.gif Pfizer Vaccine Delay
New: January 15, 2021
IH.gif COVID-19 vaccine orders for physicians/NPs caring for residents in LTC: A Message from Dr. Margaret Manville
New: December 31, 2020
IH.gif Long Term Care Facilities Providers now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine and plans for future distribution
New: December 31, 2020
IH.gif COVID-19 immunization effort starts Dec. 22 | A message from Dr. Richard Stanwick
New: December 21, 2020


BCCDC Updates

Immunosuppressive Therapies and Timing with COVID-19 Vaccination
New: July 22, 2021

CDC COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in Canada
Updated: July 15, 2021

COVID- 19 Vaccines for People with Significant Neuromuscular Conditions 

COVID- 19 Vaccines for People with Autoimmune Neuromuscular Disorders 
New: June 25, 2021


COVID-19 vaccination at a glance
Updated: June 4, 2021

CDC Guidance Document on the Management of Inadvertent Vaccine Errors
New: June 4, 2021

Choosing which vaccine to get for your 2nd dose

Second dose considerations
Updated on: June 29, 2021

CDC Adverse Events Following Immunization
Updated: May 21, 2021
CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Information Children Aged 12-17
New: May 21, 2021

COVID-19 Information for Health Professionals in Cancer Care
Updated: April 26, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit for Health Professionals
Updated: June 21, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccine
Updated: May 13, 2021

CDC Vaccine Considerations 
Updated: March 23, 2021

Vaccinations for special patient populations (clinically extremely vulnerable)
Updated: April 27, 2021


Guidance and Information on COVID-19 Vaccines for Providers
Updated: April 30, 2021

CDC Vaccination Aftercare: Possible Symptoms After Vaccination
Updated: July 6, 2021

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know

New: March 1, 2021 

CDC Provincial Phased Priority Plan and Eligibility 
CDC Public health statement on deferral of second dose COVID-19 vaccine in BC
Updated: March 3, 2021

Dashboard (mobile and most browsers)

Dashboard (Internet Explorer users)

New: January 19, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs

BCCDC COVID-19 Immunization Program Question and Answer Document for Health Care Professionals
New: January 25, 2021


The New England Journal of Medicine - COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

BCGov COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Updated: May 3, 2021
Clickhere COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs (Immunize BC – BC Residents)
Clickhere COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers (CANVAX)

Government News

BCGov COVID- 19 Vaccines for Persons with ARD
Updated: June 29, 2021

Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Vaccine rollout


First British Columbian vaccinated, COVID-19 immunizations begin
New: December 15, 2020

Clickhere First delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations arrives in B.C. 
New: December 14, 2020
Resources for Health Professionals

BC Immunization Manual provides best practice guidelines for the provision of immunization services.


Resources for health professionals: Guidance and information on COVID-19 vaccines for providers (BCCDC)


Monitoring vaccine uptake, safety and effectiveness 


All Vaccines: Immunization & Vaccine Training/Documentation
Clickhere PHSA eForm Application COVID-19 Immunization Public Health: Island Health (LearningHub online course)
Clickhere PHSA eForm Application COVID-19 Immunization Public Health: Island Health Reference Guide

PHSA eForm Application COVID-19 Immunization Public Health: Island Health Competency Checklist

Clickhere Dry Ice Handling Safety Training (LearningHub online course)


Anaphylaxis and Adverse Events 
Clickhere Reporting Adverse Events (Reactions) Following Immunization (BCCDC)
Clickhere Anaphylaxis Protocol (Kit Version)
Clickhere Worksheet for Events Managed as Anaphylaxis Following Immunization (BCCDC)


Moderna Vaccine

Moderna Vaccine Redistribution Guidelines
Updated: June 21, 2021

Clickhere COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine mRNA-1273 (Moderna)

Moderna vaccine (mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2) product monograph

Clickhere COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine mRNA-1273 (Moderna) (BCCDC)
Clickhere Health Canada Moderna vaccine product descriptions (Government of Canada)
Clickhere Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: Authorized with conditions (Government of Canada)


Pfizer Vaccine

Pfizer Shipping, Storage, Thawing and Use Guideline

Pfizer Redistribution Guidelines

Pfizer Partial Tray Distribution Guidelines

Updated: July 22, 2021

Clickhere COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech)

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine product monograph

Clickhere Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Clickhere COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech) (BCCDC)
Clickhere Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know (Safety Evidence) (Government of Canada)


AstraZeneca Vaccine
CDC AstraZeneca/COVISHIELDVaccine Redistribution Guidelines
Updated: May 13, 2021

AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD Vaccine FAQs
Updated: April 20, 2021

CDC Recommendations for AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD Vaccines
New: March 30, 2021

AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD Shipping, Storage, Thawing and Use Guideline

 AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD Redistribution Guidelines

Updated: March 25, 2021

BCGov First Deployment of AstraZeneca Vaccine in B.C. 
New: March 15, 2021
CDC AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

What I need to know about the AstraZeneca Vaccine 

Janssen Vaccine

New accordion content

Clickhere Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Janssen Shipping, Storage and Use Guideline
New: May 1, 2021


Janssen Redistribution Guidelines
Updated: May 13, 2021


Patient/Client information and Handouts

COVID-19 Vaccine (BCCDC)

Common Questions

Clickhere COVID-19 Vaccine After Care Sheet (COVID-19 mRNA vaccine) (BCCDC)
CDC First Nations Health Authority: The facts about COVID-19 Vaccines Patient Resource
(New: January 29, 2021)