COVID-19: All BC adults invited to register for vaccine this week

To avoid the system backlog of 1.8 million guests, people are urged to avoid registering until they become eligible in their age group.

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The British Columbia government is urging all adults 18 years of age and older to register for COVID-19 vaccinations this week.

The Ministry of Health’s new enrollment schedule for its age-based immunization program calls for people aged 40 and over to enroll on Mondays, 35 and over on Tuesdays, 30 and over on Wednesdays , 25 and over on Thursday and 18 and over on Friday. .

People born 1976 and earlier, Aboriginal people 18 years of age and over, and people deemed clinically extremely vulnerable can register at any time.

Registration, which is only the first step in the immunization process, can be done online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated, by phone through a provincial call center at 1-833-838-2323 ( between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.) or in person at the nearest Service BC branch.

To avoid delays in the 1.8 million new guest system, the health ministry is asking people to avoid signing up until their age group is eligible.

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People are then advised to check the Get Vaccinated website regularly to see if the reservation opens their age range.

Currently, immunization records are only available for those 63 years of age and older, Indigenous adults, and clinically vulnerable people.

In addition, people aged 55 to 65 have the option of receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine by reserving at a pharmacy. A list of participating pharmacies is available here.

The Department of Health says 1.1 million British Columbians have signed up for the vaccination since the site was launched online in April and 400,000 have made their appointments.

As of Saturday, more than 1.2 million people in British Columbia had received their first dose of the vaccine. British Columbia’s COVID-19 immunization program began in late December with vaccines administered to frontline health workers and seniors in long-term care homes.

The province has also deviated from its age-based vaccination plan by offering mass vaccinations in sensitive communities like Prince Rupert and Whistler, as well as ongoing vaccinations that target the vulnerable population of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

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