Health officials in British Columbia have announced a new schedule for adults to register for a COVID-19 vaccination.
Health Minister Adrian Dix revealed the schedule on Monday, which allows those above the age of 45 to register this week.
A new schedule for age cohorts to register for their vaccine:
• Mon, April 12 – Born 1966 or earlier (55+)
• Wed, April 14 – Born 1971 or earlier (50+)
• Fri, April 16 – Born 1976 or earlier (45+)
• Mon, April 19 – Born 1981 or earlier (40+)
— Adrian Dix (@adriandix) April 12, 2021
Those over the age of 40, or born in 1981 or earlier, will be able to register as of Monday, April 19.
Registration can be done online, by phone, or in-person at a Service BC office.
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The provincial government clarified, however, that there can be a wait time between when a person registers online and when they’re actually able to book a vaccination appointment.
We’ve seen some questions about the timing of your vaccine appointment after you register. There can be a wait time between when you register and when you’re invited to book your appointment. Wait times vary depending on your age, vaccine supply, and where you live.
— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) April 12, 2021
“Wait times vary depending on your age, vaccine supply, and where you live,” says the provincial government.
The government also noted that once a person is registered, they’ll receive an email or text as soon as it’s their turn to book an appointment.
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Adults in British Columbia between the ages of 55 and 65 can also register to receive either an AstraZeneca or COVISHIELD vaccination at participating pharmacies.
The use of the two vaccines has been paused for those under the age of 55, however, after the rare occurrence of blood clots occurred following its use.