AstraZeneca Vaccine in Pharmacies

Pharmacy can provide 1st dose of AstraZeneca in exceptional circumstances

The B.C. Ministry of Health has provided updated guidance that pharmacists may administer AstraZeneca vaccine as a 1st dose in two circumstances, since a documented referral is no longer mandatory:

  • To individuals with a contraindication to the mRNA vaccines
  • To individuals who refuse mRNA vaccines but without contraindication, who indicate that they will only be vaccinated against COVID-19 with AstraZeneca vaccine

While standard informed consent is applicable to both circumstances and pharmacists should address misconceptions that individuals may hold, those individuals who fall into category 2 (above) should be advised that:

  • The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are very safe and effective. There is a strong recommendation for the preferential use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in all authorized age groups.
  • As of June 24, 2021, the estimated rate of vaccine induced thrombosis with thrombocytopenia (VITT) in Canada may be as high as 1 in 50,000 - 73,000 1st doses administered; this is reduced to 1 in 600,000 following the 2nd dose. Six Canadians have died because of this event. This event has not been associated with mRNA vaccines.
  • Rarely, capillary leak syndrome has occurred in people who received AstraZeneca vaccine and this vaccine should be avoided in those with a history of capillary leak syndrome. This event has not been associated with mRNA vaccines.
  • The future supply of AstraZeneca in B.C. is uncertain; for those being immunized based on their preference, it may be necessary to complete the 2nd dose using an mRNA vaccine.
  • Appointments for mRNA vaccine are readily available now through a public health mass clinics.

Because it is expected that there will only be a handful of individuals who would be receiving a first dose of AstraZeneca, the BC Centre for Disease Control has advised that it we will not be updating its immunization manual to reflect these exceptions.

Starting June 28, 2021, members of the public who received a first-dose of AstraZeneca from a public health clinic or as part of an employer-based program may book appointments for second-doses of AstraZeneca from pharmacies.

Pharmacies will be listed according to their health authority region. Please remember to bring your record of immunization and your photo identification. You will be asked to present the record and your photo ID when arriving at a pharmacy to receive your vaccine.

There is no change for patients who received their first-dose at a pharmacy. Patients who received the first dose at a pharmacy will be contacted by their pharmacist to arrange their second shot. 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.

Vaccine Booking

Pharmacy Health Authority Address City Phone Booking
Costco Pharmacy #163 Fraser 1127 Sumas Way Abbotsford (604) 864-3935 Join Waitlist
Costco Pharmacy #051 Fraser 3550 Brighton Avenue Burnaby (604) 420-9811 Join Waitlist
Shoppers Drug Mart #2133 Fraser E. 7130 Pioneer Avenue Agassiz (604) 796-2241 Call to Book
Save-On-Foods Pharmacy #935 - E. Maple Ridge Fraser 22703 Lougheed Highway Maple Ridge (604) 463-3329 Call to Book
Rexall #7161 Fraser 110 - 32471 Lougheed Highway Mission (604) 820-2128 Join Waitlist
Save-On-Foods Pharmacy #995 - Pitt Meadows Fraser 19150 Lougheed Hwy Pitt Meadows (604) 465-0426 Call to Book
Rexall #7157 Fraser #150 - 17475 56 Avenue Surrey (604) 576-7823 Join Waitlist
Manshadi Pharmacy #2 Interior #101 - 376 Tranquille Road Kamloops (250) 434-2526 Call to Book
Shoppers Drug Mart #2214 Interior 1965 Columbia Avenue Castlegar (250) 365-5875 Call to Book
Safeway Pharmacy #4974 Interior 1200 Baker Street Cranbrook (250) 417-0221 Join Waitlist
Pharmasave #242 Interior #41 - 3155 Lakeshore Road Kelowna (250) 717-5330 Call to Book
City Centre Remedy'sRx Interior #101 - 399 Main St Penticton (250) 770-0047 Call to Book
Hogarth's Clinic Pharmacy Interior 102 - 3310 - 32nd Avenue Vernon (250) 545-3660 Call to Book
Shoppers Drug Mart #0216 Northern Unit #22, 11000 - 8th Street Dawson Creek (250) 782-5903 Call to Book
Loblaw Pharmacy #4399 Northern Unit 1 - 9831 98A Avenue Fort St. John (250) 785-2527 Call to Book
Wal-Mart Pharmacy #3199 Northern 890 Rita Road Quesnel (250) 747-8655 Call to Book
Save-On-Foods Pharmacy #983 - Terrace Northern 4731 Lakelse Avenue Terrace (250) 635-4021 Call to Book
Phoenix Pharmacy Northern 103 - 2155 - 10th Avenue Prince George (250) 562-3383 Call to Book
London Drugs #05-North Vancouver Vancouver Coastal 2032 Lonsdale Avenue North Vancouver (604) 980-3661 Call to Book
Shoppers Drug Mart #0219 Vancouver Coastal 1339 Pemberton Ave. Squamish (604) 892-5258 Call to Book
Shoppers Drug Mart #0238 Vancouver Coastal 3020 West Broadway Vancouver (604) 733-9128 Call to Book
FreshCo Pharmacy #4280 Vancouver Coastal 7040 Barnet Street Powell River (604) 485-4244 Join Waitlist
Tablet Pharmacy Vancouver Island Unit 4 - 154 Middleton Avenue Parksville (250) 947-9929 Call to Book
Peoples Pharmacy Vancouver Island 103 - 1910 Sooke Road Victoria (250) 474-9331 Call to Book
Costco Pharmacy #155 Vancouver Island 6700 Island Highway Nanaimo (250) 390-0585 Join Waitlist
Shoppers Drug Mart #0223 Vancouver Island Unit 4000 - 6660 Sooke Road Sooke (250) 642-5229 Call to Book

Background

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 can reach out to any of the pharmacies listed.