BC’s Immunization Plan Rollout


B.C.’s immunization plan, released on March 1st, provides details on how the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to different populations throughout the province.

As we move into Phase 2 of the plan, the goal is to continue vaccinating vulnerable groups. Beginning this month that will include seniors aged 80+, residents of independent living and supportive housing, and Indigenous Peoples aged 65+.

Individuals living or working in independent living centres and seniors’ supportive housing will be contacted by their health authority to book immunization appointments.

Beginning on March 8, seniors aged 80+ and Indigenous Peoples aged 65+ who are not living in independent or supportive housing centres can book an appointment (in staggered groups) through their health authority.

Phase 2 also includes immunizing other priority groups, many of whom have already received their first dose. These groups include Indigenous communities, and vulnerable populations living and working in select congregate settings.

Phase 3 of the immunization plan is set to begin in mid-April with individuals aged 79 to 60 years old, as well as people aged 16+ who are “extremely clinically vulnerable.”

BCNPHA will be working with the Province of BC to share relevant information to non-profit housing providers as we receive the information.

Read the full news release and backgrounder here.

For the latest information, please visit the following Province of BC websites:

To learn about B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan and the Phase 2 rollout, click here.

More general info on the Plan can be found here.

For the presentation deck on the Phase 2 immunization rollout, click here.

For technical immunization information, visit the BCCDC.

For more information on what to expect when you go to get vaccinated for COVID-19, click here.

As of March 8, 2021, the website links for vaccine clinic locations are now live:

Please contact your local health authority for details.

As of March 15, 2021, Seniors in the 80 to 84 age group are now eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment – a full week ahead of schedule.

Immunize BC estimates there are about 105,000 seniors in this age group who have not yet been vaccinated. Anticipating the enthusiasm of all those in this age group who want an appointment for their vaccine is important; the vaccine call centre is ready, but to manage the volume Immunize BC is asking seniors to space out their calls for appointments.

Starting at noon on Monday, March 15, seniors are invited to call in groups on the following days of the week:

  • Monday: age 84 and over
  • Tuesday: age 83 and over
  • Wednesday: age 82 and over
  • Thursday: age 81 and over
  • Friday: age 80 and over

This plan will assist in reducing wait times and allow the oldest seniors in this 80- to 84-year-old age group to go first. Family and friends of seniors in these age groups are asked to have only one designated family member or support person call to book appointments for people in this age group.

The call centres tend to be busiest in the mornings, so try calling in the late afternoon or evening.

There are thousands of vaccine appointments for British Columbians in this age group waiting to be booked, and everyone who wants to book an appointment will be able to do so.

Call centres for each Health Authority are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PDT seven days a week. Phone numbers and booking details are available at www.gov.bc.ca/bcseniorsfirst

As of March 19, 2021, Frontline workers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine over the coming weeks as the province’s immunization plan moves forward ahead of schedule.

Starting in April, people in the following priority groups will start to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca/SII COVISHIELD (AZ/SII) vaccine:

  • first responders (police, firefighters, emergency transport);
  • K-12 educational staff;
  • child care staff;
  • grocery store workers;
  • postal workers;
  • bylaw and quarantine officers;
  • manufacturing workers;
  • wholesale/warehousing employees;
  • staff living in congregate housing* at places such as ski hills;
  • correctional facilities staff; and
  • cross-border transport staff.

* BCNPHA is working with government representatives to confirm whether non-profit housing sector staff who are housed on site (including various types of supportive housing, group homes, transition and transitional housing) are part of the priority groups listed above. We will provide updates as quickly as possible.

Booking arrangements for frontline workers will be established in the coming weeks and will be communicated directly to each sector to arrange bookings. Frontline workers who are prioritized for the AstraZeneca vaccine should not call into regional health authority call centres at this time.

Staff and/or tenants of non-profit housing organizations who fall into the accelerated age-based vaccination roll-out should contact their applicable health authority for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Currently, seniors born in 1941 or before and Indigenous people born in or before 1956 are eligible to call to book a vaccination appointment.

Starting on Saturday, March 20 the following age groups are eligible to call and book their appointment:

  • age 79 and Indigenous peoples 55 and older – Saturday, March 20 at noon
  • age 78 – Monday, March 22 at noon
  • age 77 – Tuesday, March 23 at noon
  • age 76 – Thursday, March 25 at noon
  • age 75 – Saturday, March 27 at noon

For additional information, please visit www.gov.bc.ca/covidvaccine

AZ in Pharmacies

FAQ on change in use of AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID-19_vaccine/AstraZeneca_COVISHIELD_FAQ.pdf

Vaccine Aftercare: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/getting-a-vaccine#after

(March 31, 2021) A partnership between Immunize BC and community pharmacists to make the COVID-19 AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine available to those aged 55 to 65 living on the Lower Mainland is ready to launch today. Read more here.

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