British Columbia recently reached an important milestone in the COVID-19 Immunization Program, with everyone aged 12 and over now eligible to register to receive their first dose of vaccine.
BC Health Regulators (BCHR) reminds college registrants that immunization reduces everyone’s risk of infection from COVID-19, complementing all the other measures and precautions that we have been following during the pandemic to protect our patients, clients and colleagues.
With vaccine now widely available, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is emphasizing the message that immunization is “the way out” of the pandemic. She is also reminding all British Columbians about the importance of registering with BC’s provincial booking system.
Everyone eligible for immunization needs to register with the provincial Get Vaccinated system to ensure they receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes college registrants and other health care providers who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine via invitation from their local health authority.
By registering, you are providing the contact information that will make it possible for you to be notified directly when it’s time for your second dose.
If you have not yet received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, you can register and book your appointment now through the public Get Vaccinated system (unless your local health authority has asked you to use another booking option for health care providers).
Everyone aged 12 and older needs to register with the provincial Get Vaccinated system to ensure they receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including adults who did not use the provincial system to book their first dose, i.e.:
Adults who have not yet received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine can register and book their appointment now through the Get Vaccinated system. In addition to online registration, the system accepts telephone registration (1-833-838-2323) or registration at a Service BC outlet. Translators are available on the telephone service.
If family or friends need help to register, please offer your assistance. If they need more information on COVID-19 vaccines and immunization, direct them to information on the BCCDC website.
Immunization for young people aged 12 to 17
The province recently announced the immunization approach for youth aged 12 to 17. Although registration is still necessary, there are some special considerations to make vaccination easier for families, including the ability to book one appointment for multiple members of your family to receive their shots at the same time.
It’s important to note that under the Infants Act, children can give consent as a mature minor to receive health care, like getting a vaccine. They don’t require parental consent. The BC government website has full details.
When a patient/client asks for your advice or opinion on COVID-19 immunization, they see you as a trusted source because of your professional designation/relationship. In keeping with this relationship, we expect you to provide patients/clients with advice that is:
If providing immunizations is not within your professional role/scope of practice, you can direct patients/clients to a trusted source for more information or assessment of their personal situation.
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is the recommended source of COVID-19 information for health care providers.
The BCCDC has recently updated the Immunization Communications Tool for Health Care Providers. This resources is designed to support health care providers with the information and tools needed to communicate effectively about vaccines and address vaccine hesitancy.
Please note that as the BC Immunization Plan continues to roll out, COVID-19 protocols remain in place until the Provincial Health Officer provides other guidance.