(Dr. Bonnie Henry, Minister Adrian Dix/BC Gov Flickr)

If you are waiting for your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in BC, you may be fully vaccinated sooner than you think!

In a press conference today, Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the time period between doses of the vaccine have been reduced, in order to continue to build the province’s vaccination rate.

Previously, those immunized with one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine would not be able to book their second dose until 49 days (7 weeks) later. As of today, this time period will be reduced to 28 days (4 weeks) between doses.

Over the next few days, 170,000 invites will go out to those eligible to receive their second dose. If you do not receive your text message or email right away, be patient, they will be sending out 5,000 invites per hour.

Dr. Bonnie Henry recommends everyone books their second dose at the earliest date possible, stressing the importance of getting vaccinated and protecting yourself in outbreak areas (specifically Interior Health).

During the press conference, Provincial Health Officers also revealed results of a recent survey which showed an increased amount of British Columbians had received vaccinations outside of their home province.

If you are one of those people, you can now register your vaccination record on the government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Submission website.

To register your vaccination status you must log in, provide your personal health number, an image of record confirming details of your vaccination and your personal contact information.

Once the documents have been uploaded, the record is added to the Provincial Vaccination Registry and verified by someone from the provincial health team.

This process takes about a week to be confirmed. Once completed, you can view it only through the province’s

To date, the province has administered over 7,000,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.. 70.3% of eligible people 12 and older are now fully vaccinated. 833,298 British Columbians are not yet vaccinated.

Currently, all clinics are accepting walk-ins for first doses as well as second doses (after 28 days).

If you are unsure of where to go to get vaccinated, you can view locations and more information at VaxforBC.

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