VICTORIA, B.C -B.C revealed its vaccine rollout plan on Friday, which is based on age.
On Friday, the province announced its plan to administer approximately 7.4 million vaccine doses for every eligible British Columbian between April and the end of September.
“At every step, our plan puts the health and safety of our most vulnerable people at the centre, and when it’s your turn, I encourage everyone to get their COVID-19 vaccine and help us move forward, together, to a healthier province,” says premier John Horgan.
The province released the following schedule to give British Columbians a rough idea when vaccines may be available to them:
Phase 1, started in December until February: Clinics across the province continue to immunize long-term care and assisted living residents, staff, and essential visitors, those waiting for long-term care, remote Indigenous communities and hospital workers working with COVID-19.
Phase 2, from February to March: Will begin vaccinations for seniors over 80, Indigenous seniors over 65, Indigenous elders, more health-care workers, vulnerable populations and nursing-home staff.
Phase 3, from April to June: Will open up vaccinations for the general public aged 60 to 79.
Phase 4, from July to September: Vaccines will roll out for members of the general public aged 18 to 59.
“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Province, with steady guidance by Dr. Bonnie Henry, has made decisions based on science, data and evidence from health experts,” says Minister of Health Adrian Dix.
The plan covers around 4.3 million people to take the vaccine before the end of September.
Most of the population will be able to pre-register, online or over the phone, for the vaccine in March. People will be able to pre-register two to four weeks before they are eligible to receive their first dose.
According to the province, no one will lose their place in line if they are not able to be vaccinated during their phase.
To date, more than 100,000 people in B.C. have received their first vaccine dose as part of Phase 1, which the province is currently in.
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