COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Paola Ditto
Aprile 6, 2021

To preserve system capacity, residents are asked to wait until their age cohort is called to register.

The ministry said the online portal and single provincial call centre will replace the five regional call centres now being used to register patients and book vaccine appointments. The online system launches as B.C. saw three days in a row of daily COVID-19 cases topping 1,000. 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.

"We encourage everyone in B.C.to get their vaccine at their first opportunity, when it is their turn", said Minister of Health Adrian Dix in a news release. They will receive a confirmation code needed to book the vaccine appointment later.

To date, the province said almost 770,000 eligible B.C. residents - or one in six - have received their first dose of vaccine, and more than 87,000 have received their second dose.

The changes to the vaccine booking process mean B.C.is moving into Phase 3 of its four-phase vaccination plan, the statement said. "Every vaccine delivered makes all of us safer - let's keep our momentum going and get everyone who wants one, their first dose by Canada Day".

A provincewide online registration system was originally supposed to open April 12, but Premier John Horgan says in a news release that the early launch marks a "major milestone" in B.C.'s fight against COVID-19.

Fraser Health was the only authority that had an online booking platform at the time.

The province says online registration takes five minutes.

Meanwhile, pharmacies are continuing to administer the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to people between the ages of 55 and 65.

Health officials are hoping to avoid the glitches seen with the vaccine telephone booking system which faced huge call backlogs and technical problems when it launched March 8.

The province is also launching a single call centre, rather than having individual ones available for each health authority. The news comes as case numbers spike in B.C. The variant has also sidelined members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.

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