With respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 and the flu expected to increase over the next few months, British Columbians are strongly encouraged to protect themselves and those around them by getting both their COVID-19 and influenza vaccines.
Invitations to book both flu and COVID-19 immunizations will again be done through the government’s Get Vaccinated system and will automatically be sent in early October. Invitations will be sent to "priority populations" first – those with chronic health conditions, people ages 65 and older, people who are pregnant and Indigenous people, health-care workers, and long-term-care residents – with appointments for the public available on October 10, 2023.
Both vaccines are once again free and available for everyone six months and older, including enhanced influenza vaccines for seniors. The enhanced vaccines provide better protection for those most at risk of severe illness and complications due to a natural weakening of the immune system that comes with age.
The Get Vaccinated invitation will provide British Columbians with the opportunity to book their vaccinations online. While this is the most efficient way to get vaccinated, vaccines will also be available in many participating pharmacies and health-authority clinics. And for the first time, some doctors’ and Nurse Practitioners’ offices can offer COVID-19 vaccines to their patients, along with influenza immunizations. Connect directly with your primary-care provider to see if they will be participating.
Yes. According to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), anyone six months of age and older can get their seasonal influenza vaccine and their COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.
Getting immunized is the best defense against the flu and COVID-19 viruses. It’s also the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the health care system. Do you part and #GetYourShots. More information can be found on the government’s Respiratory Illness webpage.