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Who Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Right Now in British Columbia?

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COVID-19 Vaccines are now distributed across Canadian Provinces through the month of May. More people are becoming eligible to register for their first vaccine dosage. Dr. Bonnie Henry who is the Provincial Health Official of British Columbia has announced that BC has reached an encouraging point in Vaccine supplies. British Columbia is expected to receive over 1 million vaccine dosages. Over the last few weeks, new age groups, pregnant women and frontline workers have become eligible to book their immunization appointment.

Below are the groups and ages eligible for vaccine in British Columbia till now.

International Students Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

You do not need to be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency to get the COVID-19 vaccine. However, you must have a public health number in order to register online. If you do not have a public health number, you need to register for your vaccine by calling the province-wide call centre (1-833-838-2323) or in-person at a ServiceBC office.

Adults who are over 40 years of age and are residing in British Columbia

Since May 11, 40+ adults will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination.

Adults over the age of 30 and residing in Fraser Health region

Fraser Health says that people above the age of 30 and residing in the region may register to book as early in the week of May 11th.

Frontline and essential workers over the age of 18 in Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health

Frontline and essential workers in the Lower Mainland are eligble to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

Vancouver Coastal HealthEmployees at identified at-risk businesses
K-12 educational staff
First responders
Childcare providers
Grocery store workers
Restaurant staff
Fraser HealthChildcare providers
K-12 educational staff
First responders
Grocery store workers

Employers will provide an unique access code and guide employees on how to book an appointment.

18 years and older adults who are residing in high-transmission neighbourhoods

The province will start to roll out vaccinations for people 18 years and older and are residing in high-transmission neighbourhoods. See the list of eligible neighbourhoods below.

Fraser HealthAbbotsford Rural
Burnaby Southeast
Burnaby Southwest
Central Abbotsford
Cloverdale
East Abbotsford
East Newton
Fleetwood
Guildford
North Delta
North Surrey
Panorama
Port Coquitlam
South Langley Township
South Mission
West Abbotsford
West Newton
Whalley
Willoughby
Vancouver Coastal HealthBritannia Beach
Cedar Cottage
D’arcy
Grandview-Woodland
Hastings-Sunrise
Kensington
Killarney
Pinecrest Estates
Renfrew-Collingwood
Squamish
Sunset
Victoria-Fraserview
Northern HealthDawson Creek
Fort Nelson Population Centre
Fort St. John
Fort St. James North
Interior HealthGolden
Rutland
Summerland

Pregnant Women who are over the age of 16

Priority COVID-19 immunizations are being offered to pregnant women in British Columbia who are over 16 years of age.

British Columbians who are over 30 years old can receive the AstraZeneca Vaccine at eligible pharmacies across the province

People who resides in British Columbia and are born in 1991 or earlier (must be over 30 years old) can receive the AstraZeneca or COVISHIELD vaccine at eligible pharmacies.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV)

People that identify as CEV are at higher risk of COVID-19 due to certain medical conditions.

What you need to prepare before booking vaccines

In order to book a vaccination and be contacted, people must be registered through the Government of Canada vaccination system. You can do so online, in-person at the nearest Service BC location, or by calling 1-833-838-2323.

Please see the Government of British Columbia website to see what you need for the registration here.

Disclaimer:  The information is directly derived from Government of British Columbia Website. The material and information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Although best efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, we cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of all information. As information may change without notice, always refer to Government of British Columbia’s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Source: Vaccine and immunization Covid-19 Immunization Plan Anyone Can Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

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