We are working with federal and provincial partners to plan the COVID-19 immunization program for our region.

The COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada are safe, effective and will save lives.

Vaccines do more than protect the people being vaccinated, they also protect everyone around them, too. The more people in a community who are vaccinated and protected from COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

Reminder: Provincial Health Officer (PHO) orders and guidelines remain in place for everyone, regardless if they have received the vaccine.

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is the best source of COVID-19 vaccine information

Groups to be vaccinated first

Vaccines are not available to all British Columbians at once. A phased distribution of the vaccine has started with key populations based on Canada’s pandemic plan to reduce severe outcomes and deaths. The first groups to be vaccinated include residents, health care staff, medical staff and essential visitors to long-term care and assisted-living homes, patients awaiting placement in long term care, and those providing care to COVID-19 patients in settings like intensive care units, COVID-19 units and emergency departments, as well as remote and isolated First Nations communities.

At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are not available for the general public.

More information about B.C.’s plan for vaccine distribution is available at BCCDC or the Province of B.C.’s websites.

General population timeline

Following all priority groups, all others in B.C. can get the vaccine as it becomes available if the vaccine is recommended for them.

A registration and record system is in development, including a process to register for vaccine access and to receive a formal record of immunization.

  • There is no need to call your local health authority at this time

Everyone the vaccine is recommended for in B.C. will have the opportunity to get the vaccine by the end of 2021. We estimate that we could reach herd immunity once 60 to 70 per cent of the population is vaccinated. This would reduce transmission rapidly.

Until then, we all need to continue to protect each other by taking the measures we know work to prevent transmission of this virus, like washing our hands, staying home when we’re sick, staying physically distant from people we don’t know, and wearing a mask in public indoor spaces.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for everyone in British Columbia.

For general information about the vaccine and rollout plans for B.C., visit gov.bc.ca/covidvaccine.

You can also visit BCCDC for more information.

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