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Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations
Updated for clarification

People who are already registered in the provincial Get Vaccinated system will automatically receive an invitation to book their influenza and COVID-19 immunization online when they become due.

Those who are not registered yet are encouraged to do so by visiting:

Although booking through the Get Vaccinated system is the most efficient way to access the vaccines, people can phone the provincial call centre (toll-free) to book their influenza and or COVID-19 vaccines: 1 833 838-2323.

Seniors will continue to receive free enhanced influenza vaccines, which offer better protection against influenza than standard-dose vaccines. This is because they typically stimulate stronger immune responses, which compensate for the natural weakening of the immune system that occurs with age. A stronger immune response can lead to better protection against influenza.

Quick Facts:

  • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends people get an additional dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine this fall, or six months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose or infection (whichever is later).
  • Public-health officials look to the influenza season in the Southern Hemisphere to help anticipate the severity of the season in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • COVID-19 cases and deaths were down overall in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Influenza vaccine strain composition is based on annual recommendations from the World Health Organization.
  • Immunization-related protection against influenza varies from season to season because the circulating influenza viruses may or may not be well-matched to the seasonal influenza vaccine produced for use in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • B.C. has ordered 2.8 million doses of the updated COVID-19 vaccines and 2.3 million doses of the new influenza vaccine for the 2023-24 respiratory illness season, including enhanced influenza vaccines for seniors.
  • Approximately 1,300 pharmacies will be participating in the influenza campaign, and 1,200 pharmacies will be participating in the COVID-19 campaign.
  • Vaccine strain composition is based on annual recommendations from the World Health Organization.