COVID-19 vaccinations launches Tuesday

Lawrence Kim
April 5, 2021

Starting at 8 a.m. April 6, people born in 1950 or before, Indigenous peoples 18 and older and people clinically extremely vulnerable who have received a letter inviting them to get a vaccine will be able to book their shot through the online portal.

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

The changes to the vaccine booking process mean moving into Phase 3 of its four-phase vaccination plan, the statement said. People in other regions had to book their appointments by phone. Penny Ballem, the executive lead of B.C.'s COVID-19 immunization program. People are advised to check the Get Vaccinated website regularly for information on when booking opens up their age cohort. "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".

"British Columbians faced the countless challenges of this past year with incredible courage", said Premier John Horgan in a press release Monday. They will receive a confirmation code needed to book the vaccine appointment later. To help curb the spread, pharmacies began administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to people between the ages of 55 and 65.

Many people in this province have been calling for access to online booking, as until now, only people living within the Fraser Health Authority could do so.

On Tuesday, all of the phone numbers for the individual health authorities will shut down, with a central call centre opening. That number is 1-833-838-2323.

The province has seen daily infections top the 1,000 mark several times over the past week, including a single-day record of 1,072 new cases on Saturday.

To date, almost 770,000 eligible British Columbians have received their first dose of vaccine, and more than 87,000 have received their second dose. The variant has also sidelined members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.

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