British Columbia encourages anyone 18 and over to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine this week

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It will likely still be weeks or months before most young adults receive their COVID-19 vaccine, but the province is asking them to sign up for their injection this week.

The province’s online reservation portal already allows anyone to register, but the province had urged people to take their turn in order to reduce pressure on the system.

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Under its updated schedule, British Columbia is asking Millennials and Gen Xers to register on the following schedule:

  • Monday April 19 – Registration opens for people aged 40 and over
  • Tuesday April 20 – Registration opens for people aged 35 and over
  • Wednesday April 21 – Registration opens for people aged 30 and over
  • Thursday April 22 – Registration opens for people aged 25 and over
  • Friday April 23 – Registration opens for people aged 18 and over

Registrants will need their personal health number, postal code, date of birth, and an email address or phone number that can receive text messages.

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Registration is separate from making an appointment for the vaccine. Under the British Columbia program, those who have registered will be notified when it is their turn to schedule their shot.

The province aims to vaccinate everyone in British Columbia with their first dose by the end of June.

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The province says more than 1.1 million people have registered so far and more than 400,000 people have reserved their photos.

As of Friday, more than 1.2 million people, or about 23.2% of British Columbia’s population, had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The province is currently reporting an average of more than 1,000 new cases per day, and the number of people hospitalized and in intensive care has repeatedly set new records in the past week.

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