BC seniors age 85 and up will be able to book vaccination appointments sooner than expected.
BC is expanding vaccine registration for anyone born in 1936 or earlier at noon on Thursday, March 11.
BC Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement in Victoria around 5 pm Wednesday.
“We’re allowing people to get their appointments sooner,” Dix said. “This reflects that, for the most part, seniors over 90 have already booked their appointments.
Health officials originally planned to make vaccine appointments available to seniors age 85 to 89 starting March 15.
Now four days ahead of schedule, health authority call centres are ready to book the next age cohort of BC seniors starting tomorrow, Mar 11, at noon – those born in 1936 or earlier (85+). They won’t have to wait until Monday.
Indigenous seniors ages 65+ can continue to book. pic.twitter.com/qEkhRHYaDC
— Adrian Dix (@adriandix) March 11, 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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But Dix said the situation has improved, and nearly 3,000 vaccine appointments were booked in VCH Wednesday.
There are 47 vaccination sites in the two health regions that make up Metro Vancouver.