Call centres open today across British Columbia to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments for some of the province’s most elderly residents.
B.C. says the vaccine call centres will open at 7 a.m. at the Fraser, Island, Interior, Northern and Vancouver Coastal health authorities to make appointments for people 90 years and older and Indigenous people who are 65 and older or identify as elders.
When calling to book a vaccine appointment, the BC Government says they will need a person’s first and last name, date of birth, postal code, and Personal Health Number.
For seniors booking an appointment on Vancouver Island or through Island Health, they can call 1-833-348-4787.
Health authorities announced dozens of sites Sunday where B.C.’s most elderly residents will go to receive their vaccine.
Island Health’s pandemic planner Victoria Schmid says people 90 years old and older and Indigenous people 65 and older who make appointments this week will get their COVID-19 vaccine next week.
She says those born in 1936 or earlier can start calling for appointments on March 15 and those born in 1941 or earlier can start to schedule their vaccine appointments on March 22.
Schmid says the plan aims to have all people in the province 80 years and older and Indigenous people 65 and older receiving one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by April 12.
With files to Canadian Press