COVID-19 vaccine

Supporting doctors & their patients

As BC’s Immunization Plan starts to roll-out across the province, your patients are likely to turn to you as a trusted source of information around COVID-19 vaccines.

We recognize that you will want to quickly and easily share information to help answer any questions or concerns they may have.

This page provides resources to support you in your conversations with patients. If you have suggestions for other resources to include, please email us at . Your feedback and support is appreciated as we go through this important process together.

Scripts for voicemail, web, email, signage

Scripts to communicate with patients in your office/clinic (updated March 25, 2021)

This document also includes up-to-date information for your patients aged 80 and older and how they can access their vaccines.

Documents to print and share with patients

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What to expect after getting the vaccine



What you need to know about safety and efficacy

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8 myths and facts about the vaccine



Common questions about the vaccine, who gets it and when

Watch as new documents will be posted to this section regularly. 

Downloadable posters

Five questions about the COVID-19 vaccine





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#KeepGoingBC - There's light at the end of the tunnel





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Useful links for your patients

There is currently no known serious risk to pregnant or breastfeeding women who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about Planning your Vaccine on the BCCDC website.

Seniors COVID Vaccine Sign Up Information

Call centres open March 8, 2021 for seniors to book their vaccine appointments by age group, starting with seniors aged 90 and above.

Patients and/or their families can visit the BC Government website for dates, numbers to call, and information required to book vaccine appointments.

Comprehensive FAQ

A list of 20 FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccines from Immunize BC.

Translated material: Vaccine Webpage & How Seniors Sign Up in Vancouver Coastal Health

Translated into 10 languages, includes: posters, Qs and As, clinic map.  

Translated material: How seniors sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine in Fraser Health  

Information available in multiple languages on how seniors sign up for the vaccine in Fraser Health.

Useful links for doctors 

Other toolkits

UBC COVID-19 Immunization Toolkit for Primary Care

With input from across the country, UBC’s Primary Care Innovation Support Unit has launched to support primary care offices and teams with the COVID-19 immunization effort - even for those not (yet) providing immunizations in their own offices. The toolkit contains practical guidance to inform and engage patients, plan an immunization clinic, and what to consider for follow up. 

COVID-19 vaccination toolkit for health care providers (Public Health Agency of Canada)

This toolkit includes the following: overview of vaccines, information on authorized vaccines, vaccine safety, additional resources.

Communications Toolkit: COVID-19 immunization of eligible people in Vancouver Coastal Health (login required) (updated April 1, 2021)

Includes information specific to Vancouver Coastal on the vaccine campaign.    

How to talk to your patients about the vaccine 

DocTalks Podcast

Doctors of BC podcast features a conversation with vaccine safety scientist, Dr Julie Bettinger, and family doctors, Dr Birinder Narang and Dr Baldev Sanghera, about the critical role doctors play in vaccine acceptance among patients. Listen here

Vaccine hesitancy | immunizecanada

Articles re vaccine hesitancy for health care professionals, including ‘Clinical guidance for primary care physicians working with parents’ and more

Guide to responding to vaccine hesitancy: webinar and notes (Doctors Manitoba)  

Watch the webinar, or read the short notes with advice, approaches, and language on how to talk to your patients about the vaccine.

How to talk to your patients about the vaccine

By Dr David C. Henderson, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Boston Medical Center.

Effective Vaccination Communication (Government of Quebec)

In French with google translate available.

Additional resources


Q&A for health care professionals

This Q&A document includes general information about COVID-19 vaccines and questions and answers specific to the vaccines currently in use in BC.

Resources for health professionals

Guidance and information on COVID-19 vaccines for providers, including BC’s Immunization Manual.

Immunize BC

Comprehensive FAQ

A list of 20 FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccines suitable for patients and health care professionals.

BC Government 

COVID-19 for health professionals: Vaccines

Includes information on development, authorized vaccines, vaccination distribution and coverage, reporting an adverse reactions, and webinars on COVID-19 vaccines.

Divisions of Family Practice

Powell River

Powell River Division has created a comprehensive selection of COVID-19 posters that can be adapted for your local community.