On Tuesday, the BC government announced people 30 and over can now get the AstraZeneca vaccine at eligible pharmacies across BC.
Prior to yesterday’s announcement, only those born in 1981 and earlier (40+) could get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is not part of BC’s age-based vaccination program, like Pfizer and Moderna.
Appointments for the AstraZeneca vaccine must be booked in advance at all sites by going online or by calling ahead.
Some pharmacies have internal systems to book vaccine appointments, but the province’s centralized vaccine platform has been expanded to include pharmacy bookings.
Supplies of the vaccine remain low in several regions including on Vancouver Island where many pharmacies have run out of supply after the age limit was lowered to 40 last week — it’s unclear when they will be restocked.
“As we receive enough AstraZeneca to add appointments at pharmacies, it will be made available to anyone in the province aged 30 and older,” Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a statement
“We know demand for the AstraZeneca vaccine is high in many areas. Unfortunately, available supply through pharmacies in some regions will continue to be limited until additional supplies come in.”
“Our limited AstraZeneca supply is being used in some of these ‘hot spots,’ as well as for our provincewide pharmacy program.”
People 59 and older, Indigenous peoples 18 and older, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable can now register to book their vaccine through the province as well.
As of last week, all residents of BC, 18 and older, will be able to register for their COVID-19 vaccine this week, see eligibility and register here.
To date, the province has administered 1,671,128 vaccines, 89,457 of those were second doses.