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General News · 15th October 2022
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Island Health will be holding a combined COVID-19 and flu vaccine clinic for Cortes residents on Nov 2 at the Gorge Hall.

This special clinic on Cortes will be for everyone age 6 months and older who is eligible for COVID-19 first, second and booster doses, as well as the flu vaccine. These vaccines are free for all BC residents.

How to book your COVID-19 vaccine:
For COVID-19 vaccinations, BC’s immunization registration system will automatically send an invitation to book an appointment when you are eligible for your next dose if you are already registered in the ‘Get Vaccinated’ system. The invitation will be sent via text, email or phone call when it’s your turn to book. The recommendation is that you receive a COVID booster at least six months after your last dose. If you wish to receive a fall booster sooner, while Island Health is visiting Cortes Island, you may be eligible as long as it has been 3 months since your last dose. Please call the provincial booking line to determine your eligibility: 1-833-838-2323. If you’ve had a COVID infection, it is recommended that you wait 3-6 months before receiving a booster.

How to book your free flu vaccine:
Getting a flu vaccine helps you prevent influenza and stay healthy while COVID-19 circulates in our communities. This year, you can book the COVID-19 booster and flu vaccines and have them administered during the same appointment.

If you didn’t receive an invitation:
If you don’t receive an invitation and you feel you are eligible for vaccinations, please call the Provincial Call Centre at 1-833-838-2323 to speak with an agent. If you are not yet registered in the ‘Get Vaccinated’ system you can do so online at www.GetVaccinated.gov.bc.ca or by calling 1-833-838-2323.

If residents have any difficulties booking their appointments after first calling the Provincial Call Centre, they can speak with an Island Health Call Centre agent by calling 1-833-633-1919.

Please share this notice with others on Cortes to help spread the word about this special clinic.

Useful links:

COVID-19 vaccines
Registering for COVID booster doses
Flu vaccine
Registering for a flu vaccine