More people in British Columbia will begin receiving invitations for a COVID-19 booster injection as the province continues its COVID-19 vaccination plan, prioritizing the elderly and those most at risk BC until December vacation.
The plan expands to include all British Columbians aged 12 and over as of January 2022.
People aged 70 and over who are enrolled in the immunization system, as well as Indigenous peoples aged 12 and over, will soon be asked to reserve their booster, which will help maintain protection against COVID-19. Booster doses are underway for other priority groups, including residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities and vulnerable people living in shelters or high-risk gathering places, and are being used in the framework of epidemic management.
“Our vaccines are very effective. However, we are starting to see a gradual drop in protection over time. As a result, we are taking the proactive step of extending recalls to everyone in our province, ”said Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer. “We’re starting with the people who need it most to continue doing all we can to protect the people of British Columbia from this virus and its variants.”
As was the case with the first and second dose, the timing of the invitations is based on risk and age (oldest to youngest), with an interval of six to eight months from the second dose.
“Anyone who has received their first and second doses and wants a booster will receive one,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Those most at risk for serious illness will come first, and I encourage everyone to get vaccinated, first dose, second dose and booster when it’s time, to protect those we love most and save this pandemic. behind us.”
The boosters will be delivered to community health authority public health clinics and participating pharmacies across the province. As for doses 1 and 2, people registered in the vaccination system will receive an invitation to reserve their booster injection when it is their turn. People can use their invitation to schedule their reminder appointments at health authority clinics or participating pharmacies. The call center will also continue to be available for those who cannot book online. Walk-ins are not available for booster shots.
“This is still the largest and most complex immunization program in the history of our province. With every dose we administer, we keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe, ”said Dr. Penny Ballem, BC Immunization Program Manager. “As it always has, BC’s vaccination plan will take into account the different needs of people and different ways of accessing information and will ensure that no one eligible for the booster dose is left behind. for account. “
Health officials will again schedule community-wide immunization clinics in collaboration with the First Nation Health Authority (FNHA) to provide reminders to rural and remote Indigenous communities. Indigenous peoples in urban areas will also be offered vaccines in health authority clinics, pharmacies or in their local communities with the help of FNHA.
Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are subject to Health Canada approval and should be available soon. The immunization program for children aged 5 to 11 will rely on a separate supply of vaccines designed for children and will be delivered in parallel with the booster program. In the meantime, parents can register their child now in advance at: getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca
- As of October 25, 2021, 90,425 third doses have been administered in British Columbia
- People will be offered a booster dose between six months and eight months after the dose 2.
- All booster doses will be mRNA vaccines. Those who received AstraZeneca for the first or second dose will receive Moderna or Pfizer for the booster.
- Health authorities and pharmacies will continue to focus on influenza clinics throughout the fall, in addition to providing COVID-19 reminders, as well as planning for early approval of vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds (doses 1 and 2).
- Over 90% of British Columbians are enrolled in the British Columbia Get Vaccinated System.
For more information on a third dose for moderately to severely immunocompromised people, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register#immunocompromised
To register for the vaccine or to learn more about how to receive your second dose, visit:
To learn more about the BC Vaccine Card and how to access yours, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html
The latest updates including number of cases, prevention, risks and to find a testing center near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
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