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Province calls on 60+ residents to register for COVID-19 vaccination program

Nearly one million British Columbians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
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Nearly one million British Columbians have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Just four days after the province’s Get Vaccinated program started registering people for their coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, the next age group has been approved for registration.

Launched on April 6, the program started online registration for non-Indigenous people aged 71 and older, Indigenous people 18 and older, and the clinically extremely vulnerable. According to a release from the province on Saturday, the Get Vaccinated program is ready to take on the registrations for those born in 1961 and earlier. 

How to book an appointment

There are three ways to book a vaccine appointment through the Get Vaccinated system:

  • Through the province’s online booking open 24/7  
  • Through a provincial call centre between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 1 833-838-2323
  • In-person at the nearest Service BC location.

There are three steps to register to book a vaccine appointment:

  1. Register: First, register when it’s your turn and get a confirmation code.
  2. Book: Book a vaccine appointment when you get an email, text or phone call telling you you’re eligible to book based on your age.
  3. Get vaccinated: Visit a vaccine clinic to get your vaccine dose.

What you will need

To register you will need to provide your name, date of birth, postal code, and Personal Health Number. Your Personal Health Number can be found on the back of your B.C. Services Card or driver’s licence. It is the number that was on Care Cards.

You will also be asked to provide an email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive texts.

You will never be asked for your social insurance number, driver's licence number or banking and credit card details.

What about pharmacy vaccinations?

The COVID-19 AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine is available to people aged 55-65 living in the Lower Mainland thanks to a partnership between Immunize BC and community pharmacists.

The age-based Get Vaccinated program runs parallel to the pharmacy program for people between the ages of 55 and 65. Now, anyone between 55 and 65 years of age is eligible to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in local pharmacies throughout the province. A full list of participating pharmacies is provided through the province’s website

Or you can check out this map to see the pharmacy closest to you at a glance.

Since the Get Vaccinated provincial registration and booking system started on Tuesday, nearly 650,000 British Columbians have registered and more than 170,000 have booked their shot.

In total, nearly one million British Columbians have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

- With files from Cindy E. Harnett, Alanna Kelly, Nelson Bennett, Tyler Orton and Ian Jacques.