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BC set to launch a new provincial pharmaceutical online booking system

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Starting Thursday, June 29th, a new provincial booking system for pharmaceutical healthcare will go live across BC.

Similar to the pandemic’s Get Vaccinated system for booking vaccine appointments, you will be able to use this platform to book appointments directly with a pharmacist.

In a media release,, the BC government said this was the next step after an expansion was made for pharmacists’ scope of practice on June 1st — allowing them to prescribe for 21 minor ailments and contraceptives.

“New hospitals and clinics will help meet people’s health-care needs over the long term, but we are also taking action today to make it easier for people to access the care they need now,” said Premier David Eby.

Through this new online booking system, you will be able to search for available appointment times at nearby pharmacies based on your needs and book at your convenience. 

“Pharmacists are pleased to see this system in place,” said Chris Chiew, president, BC Pharmacy Association. 

“It makes it easier for people in BC to quickly find a pharmacy to get a prescription for contraception or a minor ailment like pink eye or a simple urinary tract infection.”

You can still book appointments by calling or visiting a pharmacy. Walk-in service without an appointment will also remain available at some pharmacies.

This new service complements the province’s implementation of universal coverage for more than 60 commonly used birth-control methods back in April.

Since its announcement, pharmacists have provided 81,000 patients with contraceptives at no cost. 

These improvements have received a lot of positive feedback from the community and BC only aims to continue to improve our healthcare system for everyone.

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