On the same day the province reported more than 3,200 new COVID-19 cases in three days, BC announced a new vaccine registration schedule that will provide certainty for more than 1.3 million British Columbians aged 40 and older, as B.C.'s Get Vaccinated program moves forward.
The BC Government said the new schedule for age cohorts to register ensures people know when it is their turn:
- Monday, April 12 - registration opens for people aged 55 and up
- Wednesday, April 14 - registration opens for people aged 50 and up
- Friday, April 16 - registration opens for people aged 45 and up
- Monday, April 19 - registration opens for people aged 40 and up
The BC Government said the fastest and most effective way to register is online at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.html
Registering online takes approximately two minutes. People need their personal health number (found on their CareCard or on the back of their driver's licence or BC Services Card), 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 to register.
Monday, B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 3,289 new cases, for a total of 112,829 cases in British Columbia.
The news COVID-19 cases were from a three-day period — from April 9 to 10, 1,283 new cases; from April 10 to 11, we had 1,036 new cases and from April 11-12, 970 new cases.
Broken into Health regions — there were 741 new cases of COVID-19 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,957 new cases in the Fraser Health, 167 in the Island Health, 299 in the Interior Health, 125 in the Northern Health and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
Sadly, Dr. Henry reported 18 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,513 deaths in British Columbia.
In B.C., Dr. Henry said there were 1,112,101 of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, 87,744 of which are second doses.
The BC Government said vaccine registration is the first step.
Once registered, people will be contacted when it is their turn to book a vaccine appointment. To preserve system capacity, wait until your age cohort is called to register.
People born in 1961 and earlier (60 and older), Indigenous peoples 18 and older, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are already invited to register through B.C.'s new Get Vaccinated system in one of three ways:
- Quickly online, 24/7, at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.html
- Through a provincial call centre between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Pacific time) at 1 833 838-2323
- In person at the nearest Service BC location
Those who are 65 and older and have registered can expect a booking invitation very soon. Those over the age of 66 have already been invited to book.
B.C.'s age-based program runs parallel to the pharmacy program for people between the ages of 55 and 65. Now, anyone between 55-65 years of age is eligible to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in local pharmacies throughout the province - not just in the Lower Mainland. This is the fastest way for people between 55-65 years of age to receive a vaccine.
A full list of participating pharmacies is here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/pharmacy
More pharmacies are being added in the days to come.
Since the Get Vaccinated provincial registration and booking system started on April 6, more than 730,000 British Columbians have registered and more than 200,000 have booked their shot.
As of April 12, 2021, more than one million people in B.C. have received their first vaccine dose, with that number increasing every day.