B.C. has revealed details about the launch of a new online portal that will allow eligible adults to register and book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
The booking hub can be found at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated and will officially launch on Tuesday, April 6, at 8 a.m.
Starting Tuesday, people born in 1950 and earlier (71 and older), Indigenous peoples 18 and older, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable may register to book their vaccine appointment.
“British Columbians faced the countless challenges of this past year with incredible courage,” said Premier John Horgan. “Today marks a major milestone in our fight against COVID-19, and we ask everyone to wait their turn and follow three steps to help put this pandemic behind us.”
The government says that in order to book an appointment over the internet, British Columbians will have to follow three steps:
- Register: First, register when it is your turn and get a confirmation code.
- Book: Book a vaccine appointment when you get an email, text or phone call telling you you are eligible to book, based on your age.
- Get vaccinated: Visit a vaccine clinic to get your vaccine dose.
British Columbians will still be able to book vaccine appointments over the phone by calling a provincial call centre as well.
“We encourage everyone in B.C. to get their vaccine at their first opportunity, when it is their turn,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
The government is also suggesting that residents can check in online regularly to know when it is their turn to register.
“With more vaccine supply, we are taking an important step into Phase 3 of our immunization plan, and I encourage anyone who has questions to go to the BC Centre for Disease Control website to learn more about the safe and effective vaccines we have here in B.C.,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.
“Every vaccine delivered makes all of us safer – let’s keep our momentum going and get everyone who wants one, their first dose by Canada Day.”
According to the government, more news regarding an expansion of B.C.’s AstraZeneca program through pharmacies on Vancouver Island will come in the days ahead.
“We have worked diligently and tirelessly to get this online registration, booking and tracking system ready for British Columbians,” said Dr. Penny Ballem, executive lead, B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization program. “I want to thank the regional health authorities for delivering the clinics. Now, with the help of the new online and single phone number system, we’re ready to move onto the next phase of the largest vaccination program in B.C. history.”
To date, nearly 770,000 eligible British Columbians have received their first dose of vaccine, and more than 87,000 have received their second dose.
B.C. health officials believe that everyone across the province who is eligible for a vaccine will be able to receive their first dose by the end of June.
The government outlines that the new online vaccination booking portal will be available in 12 different languages.