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: May to June 2021
People aged 59 to 18, in five year increments:
- 59 to 55 (Dose 1 May)
- 54 to 50 (Dose 1 May)
- 49 to 45 (Dose 1 May)
- 44 to 40 (Dose 1 May/June)
- 39 to 35 (Dose 1 May/June)
- 34 to 30 (Dose 1 June)
- 29 to 25 (Dose 1 June)
- 24 to 18 (Dose 1 June)
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have recently changed your phone number or believe the phone number contained within the privileging database may be out of date, please update your information by completing the COVID-19 Vaccine Contact Information Update form.
- 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 www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca 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 www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca or call 1-833-838-2323 to register.
- Questions? Please speak with your manager or email: Pandemic@viha.ca
- 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
The New England Journal of Medicine: Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine
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
- Education Recommendations for COVID-19 Immunizers
Education Recommendations for COVID-19 Immunizers
New: March 4, 2021
Updates to Immunization Manual
|Vaccination FAQs for Health Care Providers
New: May 6, 2021
How to get vaccinated for COVID-19
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) Patients Vaccination
New: March 1, 2021
- Island Health Updates
3 Steps To Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine
New: April 13, 2021
COVID-19 Post-Immunization Symptom Screener
New: April 9, 2021
ImmsBC Vaccination Clinic — Clinician Scripts
New: April 6, 2021
New: March 1, 2021
Weekly Update about Island Health's COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Updated: May 5, 2021
Vaccine second dose re-scheduled
New: January 25, 2021
Memo: Update on vaccination appointments
New: January 22, 2021
Immunization campaign update
New: January 20, 2021
Vaccine Distribution by Priority Population Pfizer Vaccine Delay
New: January 15, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine orders for physicians/NPs caring for residents in LTC: A Message from Dr. Margaret Manville
New: December 31, 2020
Long Term Care Facilities Providers now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine and plans for future distribution
New: December 31, 2020
COVID-19 immunization effort starts Dec. 22 | A message from Dr. Richard Stanwick
New: December 21, 2020
- BCCDC Updates
- COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Updated: May 3, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs (Immunize BC – BC Residents) COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers (CANVAX)
First British Columbian vaccinated, COVID-19 immunizations begin
New: December 15, 2020
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.
- All Vaccines: Immunization & Vaccine Training/Documentation
- Anaphylaxis and Adverse Events
Reporting Adverse Events (Reactions) Following Immunization (BCCDC) Anaphylaxis Protocol (Kit Version) Worksheet for Events Managed as Anaphylaxis Following Immunization (BCCDC)
- Moderna Vaccine
- Pfizer Vaccine
- AstraZeneca Vaccine
AstraZeneca/COVISHIELDVaccine Redistribution Guidelines
Updated: May 13, 2021
AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD Vaccine FAQs
Updated: April 20, 2021
Recommendations for AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD Vaccines
New: March 30, 2021
Updated: March 25, 2021
First Deployment of AstraZeneca Vaccine in B.C.
New: March 15, 2021
AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine
- Janssen Vaccine
New accordion content
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 After Care Sheet (COVID-19 mRNA vaccine) (BCCDC) First Nations Health Authority: The facts about COVID-19 Vaccines Patient Resource
(New: January 29, 2021)