At this time, vaccines are not being distributed to family doctors’ offices. Patients will be able to self-register for an appointment at local vaccinations clinics when they are eligible through their health authority. The COVID-19 vaccinations used in BC have been approved by Health Canada and are safe and effective. We encourage all of our eligible patients to get vaccinated as soon as they are able to, especially given the worsening pandemic in our province.
Which COVID-19 vaccine is better? (spoiler, they’re all good) – from CBC News: “Dr. Samir Gupta explains how the four COVID-19 vaccines now approved in Canada work and why efficacy rates aren’t the most important number to look at.”
Details on the four phases of BC’s COVID-19 vaccination plan and who is currently eligible to receive a vaccine can be found at COVID-19 Immunization Plan.
How to get vaccinated for COVID-19 – information on how to register for your COVID-19 vaccine online or by phone when you are eligible.
COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions – comprehensive FAQ’s about the COVID-19 vaccines from Immunize BC. This page is a great resource for reliable, up-to-date information to answer common questions about the vaccines’ safety, effectiveness, and side-effects. As the FAQ section states: “All of the COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved in Canada provide excellent protection against severe disease and death from COVID-19.”
Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) statement on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy – Pregnant and breastfeeding women may receive any of the COVID-19 vaccinations currently approved in Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca). The SOGC recommends: “Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be offered vaccination at any time during pregnancy if they are eligible and no contraindications exist.”
Blood Clots and COVID-19 – reliable updates from Thrombosis Canada
Vaccine-Induced Prothrombotic Immune Thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) Following AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccination – information on the very rare blood clots that have been observed following the AstraZeneca vaccination
The benefits of vaccination in young adults far outweigh the risks, including for myocarditis – summary opinion piece from The Washington Post regarding mRNA vaccines and the risks of myocarditis in young adults