British Columbians identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) will need to present a letter of invitation when they attend their COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
People at higher risk of COVID-19 due to existing medical conditions, such as various forms of cancer, transplant recipients, and severe respiratory problems, will begin receiving these letters in the mail in the coming days with booking information.
Anyone identified as a CEV will be able to register for their vaccine from Monday and will need to bring the letter to the location where they will be vaccinated.
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“British Columbia has made tremendous progress in its age-specific immunization program,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a statement.
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“Now we are able to expand to those people who are at increased risk of COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions or various medical treatments. Clinical experts have now determined those who are at high risk of serious illness from the virus and who now have the vaccines needed to protect these most vulnerable people. ”
The accelerated timelines for British Columbia’s immunization plan mean that approximately 200,000 people in British Columbia aged 16 and over who are clinically extremely vulnerable are eligible to receive their first dose of vaccine in the coming weeks .
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Some of the vulnerable populations will have already been immunized through the BC Age-Based Immunization Program.
If people who believe they are part of the CEV group have not received a letter by April 15, 2021, they can contact the provincial call center or visit the provincial online registration and reservation system to get vaccinated, scheduled for launch on April 6.
If a person is not on the CEV list, they can contact their doctor or nurse practitioner regarding eligibility.
“From day one of our immunization plan, we have been working to protect those most at risk from COVID-19,” said Dr. Penny Ballem, head of the British Columbia immunization plan.
“We have used clinical evidence from around the world, clinical expertise and patient registries in British Columbia to develop this list and we look forward to taking another important step in our vaccination plan.
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The province is also speeding up enrollment in the age-based plan.
People born in 1945 can make a vaccination appointment from Wednesday March 24 at noon.
Then on Thursday March 25 at noon, people born in 1946 can register by phone or online at Fraser Health and on Friday March 26 at noon the registration system opens for people born in 1947.
Populations of CEV were determined using scientific evidence from other countries and across Canada on people who ended up in hospital, intensive care or died from COVID-19, and the data from British Columbia were examined to see which risk factors were most related to serious illness. or death from COVID-19.
The eligibility list of clinically vulnerable people is available online.
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