All residents 18 and older in BC will be able to register for their COVID-19 vaccine this week.
Earlier this month, the BC government released a new tool that will allow recipients to receive a text message or email once they are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine, and it’s only a few simple steps to sign up.
More than 1.8 million British Columbians are expected to register through the week.
A new schedule for age cohorts to register ensures people know when it is their turn. To preserve system capacity, the province is asking people to wait until your age cohort is eligible to register:
- Monday, April 19th – Registration opens for people aged 40 and up
- Tuesday, April 20th – Registration opens for people aged 35 and up
- Wednesday, April 21st – Registration opens for people aged 30 and up
- Thursday, April 22nd – Registration opens for people aged 25 and up
- Friday, April 23rd – Registration opens for people aged 18 and up
It’s as easy as heading online to this website, filling in the required information, and how you want to be contacted once your age group is eligible.
All you need is your full name, postal code, and Personal Health Number (found on your BC Services Card) along with the way you prefer to be contacted – text message, or email – and the service will send you a notification once it’s time for you to book your appointment.
It only takes a few minutes, and you’ll receive a confirmation message right away.
According to the province’s website, the tool has been created to help them gather information on the amounts of vaccines needed in BC.
Additionally, beginning today, all eligible residents will now be able to register and book their vaccine appointments online.
People born in 1976 and earlier (45 and up), Indigenous peoples 18 and up, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are already invited to register.
1. Register: First, register when it is 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 are eligible to book, based on your age.
3. Get vaccinated: Visit a vaccine clinic to get your vaccine dose.
The final step is visiting a vaccination clinic and getting vaccinated. The web portal is only for the age-based program including Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
Those who are not comfortable booking online can call 1-833-838-2323 or in-person at a Service BC location.
BC’s age-based program runs parallel to the pharmacy program for people age 55 and up. Now, anyone over the age of 55 is eligible to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in local pharmacies throughout the province.
Since the “Get Vaccinated” provincial registration and booking system started on April 6th, more than 1.1 million British Columbians have registered and more than 400,000 have booked their shot.
As of April 17th, more than 1.2 million people in BC have received their first vaccine dose, with that number increasing every day.