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Online vaccine bookings open tomorrow in B.C.

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:13 PDT, Mon April 5, 2021

Amid soaring new infection rates, B.C.’s online COVID-19 vaccine booking system will open at 8 a.m. tomorrow for those in the right age group.

There are three steps to booking an appointment using the province’s new system:

1. Register: First, register when it is your turn and get a confirmation code.

2. Book: Book a vaccine appointment when you get an email, text or phone call telling you you are eligible to book, based on your age.

3. Get vaccinated: Visit a vaccine clinic to get your vaccine dose.

Beginning tomorrow, people born in 1950 and earlier (age 71 and older), Indigenous peoples 18 and older, and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable can register to book their vaccine appointment in one of three ways:

• online at: gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated

• by telephone through a provincial call centre (toll-free) at 1 833 838-2323

• in-person at the nearest Service BC location

People are reminded to only register when their age cohort is called. However, people aged 55 to 65 in the Lower Mainland continue to be eligible to book an appointment to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at a participating pharmacy near them: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/pharmacy.

Over the first half of the long weekend, B.C. broke its new daily COVID-19 infection record twice. Between April 1 and 2 there were 1,018 new cases, and between April 2 and 3 a further 1,072. As of the last update from public health officials, there were 102,970 cases in B.C. to date.

Of the 2,090 new cases, 709 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 1,052 in the Fraser Health region, 147 in the Island Health region, 149 in the Interior Health region and 33 in the Northern Health region.

Hospitalization data was unavailable over the weekend, but public health officials said in a statement that 90 people are in intensive care—an increase of 11 from Thursday’s count. Data on new variant cases was also not available.

Over the two days, nearly 70,000 vaccine doses were administered, with 856,801 doses administered in B.C. to date.

Health officials in B.C. will appear at their regular in-person press conference tomorrow to provide more details on COVID-19.

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