The COVID-19 vaccination program in BC continues to ramp up as more vaccines arrive.

In a statement Thursday, the province said more than 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in BC so far this month, allowing the province to step up its immunization rollout.

Beginning Monday, people aged 40 and older will be able to book their vaccination appointment.

To ensure the system doesn’t overload, the province has staggered the booking as follows:

  • Friday, May 7th: 46+ (1975) after 7 p.m. (Pacific time)
  • Sunday, May 9th: 43+ (1978) after 7 p.m. (Pacific time)
  • Tuesday, May 11th: 40+ (1981) after 7 p.m. (Pacific time)

People must register through BC’s ‘Get Vaccinated‘ system to get an email or text notification prompting them to book an appointment when it is their turn.

Anyone who is not registered should register now in one of three ways:

  • 24/7, online: https://gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated
  • through a provincial call centre between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Pacific time) at 1 833 838-2323
  • in person at the nearest Service BC location

Currently, 43% of BC’s eligible target population of 4.3 million have received their first dose of vaccine, making way for this new age cohort to book their appointments.

To register online, people need:

  • * their Personal Health Number (found on their CareCard or on the back of a driver’s licence or BC Services Card)
  • postal code
  • first and last names
  • date of birth; and
  • an email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages

Since the ‘Get Vaccinated’ provincial registration and booking system started on April 6th, more than 2.1 million British Columbians have registered.

As of this publication, there are currently 6,802 active cases with 187 active cases on Vancovuer Island, according to Island Health.

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