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People aged 40+ can book COVID-19 vaccines next week

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:39 PDT, Thu May 6, 2021

As more than 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in B.C. communities in May, the province is stepping up its immunization rollout and delivering life-saving vaccines to people.

People aged 40 and older will be invited to book as early as next week.

Invitations to book will be sent via text or email for:

• Friday, May 7: 46+ (1975) after 7 p.m. (Pacific time)

• Sunday, May 9: 43+ (1978) after 7 p.m. (Pacific time)

• Tuesday, May 11: 40+ (1981) after 7 p.m. (Pacific time)

People must register through B.C.'s Get Vaccinated system to get an email or text notification prompting them to book an appointment when it is their turn. Anyone who is not registered should register now in one of three ways:

• 24/7, online: https://gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated

• through a provincial call centre between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Pacific time) at 1 833 838-2323 or

• in person at the nearest Service BC location

Currently, 43 per cent of B.C.'s eligible target population of 4.3 million have received their first dose of vaccine, making way for this new age cohort to book their appointments and take the next step in the fight against COVID-19.

To register online, people need:

• their Personal Health Number (found on their CareCard or on the back of a driver's licence or BC Services Card);

• postal code;

• first and last names;

• date of birth; and

• an email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages.

People who do not have a Personal Health Number can register by phone or in person. Translations are available in over 140 languages over the phone.

Since the Get Vaccinated provincial registration and booking system started on April 6, more than 2.1 million British Columbians have registered.

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