B.C. to begin booking vaccine appointments for ages 50+ next week

B.C. to begin booking vaccine appointments for ages 50+ next week

Residents of British Columbia who are 50 years and older and registered to get a COVID-19 vaccine will be contacted in the coming week in order to book an appointment, as the Province prepares to expand the eligible age group.

In order to book an appointment, the Province says residents must be registered in B.C.’s Get Vaccinated system, which will send an e-mail or text notification prompting them to book an appointment when it is their turn.

For anyone who is not currently registered, they can do so in three ways:

  1. 24-7, online: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.html
  2. Through a provincial call centre between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, toll-free, at 1-833-838-2323
  3. In person at the nearest Service BC location

As far as the scheduled age groups eligible for bookings, the B.C. Government has outlined the following timeline.

  • Friday, April 30: 56 and up (1965 or earlier)
  • Sunday, May 2: 54 and up (1967 or earlier)
  • Tuesday, May 4: 52 and up (1969 or earlier)
  • Thursday, May 6: 50 and up (1971 or earlier)

To register online, B.C. residents will be required to have their personal health number (found on their CareCard or on the back of a driver’s licence or BC Services Card), postal code, first and last name, date of birth and an email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages.

The government notes that people who do not have a personal health number can register by phone or in person.

Translations are available in more than 140 languages over the phone.

Since the Get Vaccinated provincial registration and booking system started on April 6, more than 1.8 million British Columbians have registered and nearly 670,000 have booked their shot.

Over the course of B.C.’s entire immunization program, more than 1.6 million people have received their first vaccine dose as of April 29.

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