Moves to Phase 3 of immunization plan

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 5, 2021

Pacific on Tuesday, April 6 to Indigenous people aged 18 and older (born in 2003 or earlier), other British Columbians aged 71 and older (born in 1950 or earlier), and those who are deemed clinically extremely vulnerable.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said on track to vaccinate almost half a million British Columbians by mid-April.

The changes in the vaccine rollout come as managing a surge in infections. Penny Ballem, executive lead of BC's COVID-19 immunization program.

To avoid system backlogs, the Ministry of Health is asking people to avoid registering until they become eligible in their age cohort.

The province also announced those who do not wish to register to book online or by phone can do so in person at any Service B.C. location as of Tuesday. That vaccination stream is running parallel to the age-based program.

"British Columbians faced the countless challenges of this past year with incredible courage", said Premier John Horgan in a press release Monday.

People between 55 and 65 looking to get the Astra-Zeneca vaccine from their local pharmacy will not be able to book online. They will receive a confirmation code needed to book the vaccine appointment later.

To date, the Fraser Health region has been the only one where residents could book an appointment online instead of risking an hours-long wait when booking by phone.

The province says online registration takes five minutes.

The province is also launching a single call centre, rather than having individual ones available for each health authority.

According to the province, almost 770,000 eligible British Columbians have received their first dose of vaccine, and more than 87,000 have received their second dose. Figures released Saturday did not include data on recent COVID-related deaths or hospitalizations. That number is 1-833-838-2323.

In addition to the COVAX supply, Canada is to receive 1,019,070 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 855,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine over the next seven days.

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