VICTORIA, B.C. – Starting this week, anyone over the age of 18 will be able to register for a COVID-19 vaccine, but it’s unclear how long it will take before you can book your appointment.

On Sunday, the Province announced that anyone over 18 may register for a vaccine starting April 23rd, 2021. The Province announced the following new schedule for age cohorts to register below:

Once you register for a vaccine, you will be contacted when it’s your turn to book an appointment. It is unclear when vaccine appointments will be available for these age groups as the Province is only inviting people over 63 to book appointments at this time.

On Friday, Eryn Collins with Northern Health said they want people to register now, so they know the demand. “We want to encourage people to register ahead of time as they’re eligible because that’s going to give us a better idea in advance of who wants the vaccine and what type of clinic capacity we might need to plan for.”

Suppose the clinics run through a specific age group quicker than expected. Registrations will ensure the clinics are running at capacity at the next age group.

The fastest way to register is online at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.html

To register, people need their personal health number(found on their CareCard or the back of their driver’s licence or B.C. Services Card), their postal code, first and last name, date of birth and an email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages.

B.C.’s age-based program runs parallel to the pharmacy program for people age 55 and up. Now, anyone over 55 is eligible to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in local pharmacies throughout the Province. A full list of participating pharmacies is here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/pharmacy

Since the Get Vaccinated provincial registration and booking system started on April 6, more than 1.1 million British Columbians have registered, and more than 400,000 have booked their shot.

As of April 17th, 2021, more than 1.2 million people in B.C. have received their first vaccine dose, with that number increasing every day.