BC’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan

 

BC’s 4-phase COVID-19 Immunization Plan is currently underway.

Vaccination and immunization is critical to our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic — we need a robust vaccination roll-out by government and an eager uptake and participation by residents.

For the latest on the COVID-19 Immunization Plan click here to visit the government’s site. 

For comprehensive details on vaccines, how they work, and why they are critical health tools, visit this site from BBOT Board Partner Pacific Blue Cross

 Immunization Plan Key Points:

  • Aged-Based Vaccinations
    • Vaccines are being administered based on age.  You can register online to receive a vaccine appointment when your age group is being addressed.  Click the above link to determine which age groups can register, and which are receiving vaccines currently.
  • Vaccinations for ages 55-65 in the Lower Mainland
    • People born between 1956 and 1966 (age 55 to 65) in Fraser Health (includes Burnaby) and Vancouver Coastal Health can access a vaccine through eligible pharmacies with vaccine supply.   You book your appointment directly with the pharmacy, not the public health authority.  You will be required to provide your Personal Health Number. You can find your Personal Health Number on the back of your B.C. driver’s licence or BC Services Card.  Click the above link to find a pharmacy near you. 
  • Vaccinations for Front-Line Priority Workers
    • Starting in April, front-line priority workers can receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca/SII COVISHIELD (AZ/SII) vaccine. Click the above link to review which sectors have been deemed “front-line priority” and learn when and how to secure your vaccination.
  • Vaccinations for ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ Due to Medical Conditions
    • People aged 16 to 74 who are deemed clinically extremely vulnerable by public health authorities will receive an invitation letter to get vaccinated starting March 29, 2021

Immunization Phases

  • BC’s Immunization Plan has four phases. Click this link to read about the status of each phase.
    • Phase 1 – Highest Risk  (Long-Term Care Residents & Staff, Health Care Workers, Remote Indigenous Communities and more)
      • Timeline: December 2020 to February 2021
      • Status:  Complete
    • Phase 2 – Seniors and Indigenous Peoples with rolling age eligibilities  
      • Timeline: February to April 2021
      • Status:  Complete
    • Phase 3 – People aged 79 to 60, Indigenous Peoples, and Those Medically At-Risk
      • Timeline: April to May 2021
      • Status: Current
    • Phase 4 – General Population Over Age 18
      • Timeline: May to June 2021
      • Status:  Forthcoming – Not Started