People who are at increased risk of COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions are given priority.
British Columbia is extending COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those at high risk due to existing medical conditions.
People with diseases such as various forms of cancer, transplant recipients and severe respiratory problems will be able to register for their vaccine starting Monday, March 29.
The province estimates that about 200,000 people over the age of 16 fall into this category, although some have already been vaccinated through the age-based system.
“British Columbia has made tremendous progress in its age-based immunization program,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Now we can 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 are supplying vaccines to protect these most vulnerable people. ”
Medical experts and care providers in cancer, kidney disease and other conditions that cause compromised immunity have worked with public and international health data on COVID-19 to prioritize those most at risk. More information on who is eligible can be found here.
Those identified as candidates will receive a letter in the post in the coming days with information on how to make an appointment. People who receive this invitation letter should bring it with them to their immunization appointment.
If people who believe they are in the high-risk 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, including launch is scheduled for April 6, to confirm if they are on the list. If they are not on the list, they can contact their doctor or nurse practitioner to find out their eligibility.
The process will run alongside the current age-based reservation schedule.
This calendar is accelerated, starting with people born in 1945 who can book from Wednesday March 24. The revised schedule for health authority appeals for admissibility is as follows:
* 76 years old (born in 1945) – Wednesday March 24 at noon
* 75 years old (born in 1946) – Thursday March 25 at noon
* 74 years old (born in 1947) – Friday March 26 at noon
* 74 years and over and high risk population (must have an invitation letter to reserve) – Monday March 29 noon