Pacific on Tuesday, April 6 to Indigenous people aged 18 and older (born in 2003 or earlier), other British Columbians aged 71 and older (born in 1950 or earlier), and those who are deemed clinically extremely vulnerable.
"We have worked diligently and tirelessly to get this online registration, booking and tracking system ready for British Columbians", said Dr.
The changes to the vaccine booking process mean B.C.is moving into Phase 3 of its four-phase vaccination plan, the statement said.
The three steps are: Register, book when you get your alert, then get the vaccine. Penny Ballem, executive lead of BC's COVID-19 immunization program.
When they are eligible, adults can register online with their Personal Health Number (PHN).
Registration by phone at 1-833-838-2323 will also be available seven days a week from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m.in 140 different languages, or in person at Service BC offices during regular hours of operation, both starting April 6 as well. That vaccination stream is running parallel to the age-based program. They will receive a confirmation code needed to book the vaccine appointment later.
Currently, the Fraser Health is the only health authority with an online booking system. To help curb the spread, pharmacies began administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to people between the ages of 55 and 65.
Health officials are hoping to avoid the glitches seen with the vaccine telephone booking system which faced huge call backlogs and technical problems when it launched March 8.
On Tuesday, all of the phone numbers for the individual health authorities will shut down, with a central call centre opening. Data released Thursday put the number of P.1 COVID-19 variant cases, known as the Brazil variant, at 379, the largest count for any jurisdiction outside of the country where it originated. The variant has also sidelined members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.