Seniors in British Columbia who are over the age of 80 will be able to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments sooner than expected.
The province is expanding vaccine registration this week for anyone over the age of 80. A staggered approach is being used for registration, and anyone born in 1937 or earlier will be able to register on Monday, March 15 at 12 pm.
Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement on Wednesday, saying that “call centres are processing vaccination appointment bookings ahead of schedule.”
Call centres are processing vaccination appointment bookings ahead of schedule. This week:
— Adrian Dix (@adriandix) March 15, 2021
BC began its mass immunization strategy this month, allowing seniors 90 and older and Indigenous people 65 and older to book appointments starting March 8.
Residents who become eligible don’t lose eligibility, and seniors over 90 can book their immunization appointment anytime, Dix said.
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Last week, British Columbians saw challenges with vaccine rollout on Monday, particularly in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, where fewer vaccine appointments were booked compared to other health authorities.
But the situation quickly improved, with nearly 3,000 vaccination appointments booked in VCH on Wednesday.