BC seniors 85 and up can book COVID-19 vaccinations starting tomorrow

Mar 10 2021, 6:08 pm

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.

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.

There were some frustrations with vaccine rollout on Monday, particularly in the Vancouver Coastal Health region where fewer vaccine appointments were booked compared to other health authorities.

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.

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