Registration for COVID-19 vaccination in BC begins today for BC seniors

Mar 8 2021, 4:00 pm

As of today, BC seniors aged 90 and above, Indigenous peoples aged 65 and over who are not in independent living, or seniors in supportive housing can call to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment, as the province BC continues its COVID-19 immunization rollout.

Clinic locations across BC have been announced, with vaccinations starting as early as March 15, and people can book their appointment through their local health authority call centre according to a staggered schedule:

  • March 8: Seniors born in or before 1931 (90+ years)/Indigenous peoples born in or before 1956 (65 years+) may call to book their vaccine appointment.
  • March 15: Seniors born in or before 1936 (85+ years) may call to book their vaccine appointment.
  • March 22: Seniors born in or before 1941 (80+ years) may call to book their vaccine appointment.

The province said that people should only call in when they are eligible, although “anyone who misses their age-based dates can still call, book and be vaccinated any time after they become eligible.” Each health authority has a unique call centre number.

A senior can also have a family member, friend, or support person call for them.

When calling to register, people will be asked to provide their first and last name, date of birth, postal code, personal health number, and close contact information.

They will then be given a list of clinics to choose from close to home, and the call centre agent will confirm the appointment time and location.

The province noted that health authority call centres will never ask people for their social insurance number, driver’s license number, or banking and credit card details.

Health authority contact information, complete call-in schedules, hours of operations and step-by-step instructions on how to call to book an appointment for themselves, for a family member, or for a friend or neighbour are available online.

In mid-April, Phase 3 will begin mass vaccination of people aged 79 to 60 years and people aged 16 and older who are “extremely clinically vulnerable” at community immunization clinics throughout BC. Mobile clinics will be available in some rural communities and for people who are homebound due to mobility issues.

In Phase 3, British Columbians will register and book their appointments to receive their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through an online registration tool. People born between 1942 and 1946 (ages 79-75), and Indigenous people born between the years of 1956 and 1960 (ages 64-60), will be able to register for an appointment online or by phone by March 31.

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