AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 Vaccines in Pharmacies

On June 3, 2021, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer, announced the Province will proceed with offering patients who received their first COVID-19 immunization of an AstraZeneca vaccine to have either a second dose of AstraZeneca OR one of the two mRNA vaccines currently available in B.C. – Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

The recommended timeframe between the first and second doses of AstraZeneca is 8 to 12 weeks. The decision made by British Columbia is consistent with current recommendations issued by NACI and Canada's Public Health Officer, Dr. Teresa Tam.

Those who received their first dose at a pharmacy will be contacted by the same pharmacist in the coming days to weeks to schedule an appointment. Only the AstraZeneca vaccine will be offered at community pharmacy in B.C. 

For more information about receiving Dose 2 of the AstraZeneca vaccine, please visit the BC Government's website.

All patients who received the first shot of AstraZeneca will be eligible to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca. In accordance with public health guidelines, patients who are contacted by their pharmacist for a second dose of AstraZeneca will also be informed that they can choose to receive an mRNA vaccine at a public health clinic instead. To find out more information on which vaccine you feel is right for you, visit the BCCDC's information on second doses.

Pharmacy patients who would like to book an appointment for their second dose of AstraZeneca will be contacted in the order they received their first dose to ensure they receive their dose in the right period. Please do not contact your pharmacy. You will be contacted by your pharmacy in this order:

 

If you received your first dose at pharmacy: Your pharmacy will contact you:
Between March 31 and April 13 Between June 7 and June 20
Between April 14 and April 27 Between June 21 and July 5
April 28 and after July 6 and after