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Vaccine Eligibility

B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan will happen in four phases.

Last updated: April 15, 2021

Everyone who would like a vaccine and who is eligible to receive one will be able to receive a first dose before July 1, 2021. COVID-19 vaccines are available to all adults living, working or studying in B.C. during the pandemic. You do not need a Personal Health Number (PHN), BC Services card or to be enrolled in BC’s Medical Service Plan (MSP) to get the vaccine. You do not need to be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident to get the vaccine. International students and temporary foreign workers will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan will happen in four phases. The focus at first is to protect those most likely to experience severe illness. Vaccination for the general population begins in April and vaccines will primarily be distributed by age groups, in five year increments, starting with the oldest

Check B.C.'s Get Vaccinated page to find out when it is your turn to register to book a vaccine appointment.

Phase 1: December 2020 to February 2021 

  • Residents, staff and essential visitors to long-term care and assisted-living residences.
  • Individuals assessed and awaiting a long-term care placement.
  • Health care workers providing care for COVID-19 patients in settings like Intensive Care Units, emergency departments, medical and surgical units, and paramedics.
  • Remote and isolated Indigenous communities.

Phase 2: February to April 2021 

  • People not yet immunized in Phase 1:
    • Seniors, age 80 and over
    • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) peoples age 65 and over and Indigenous Elders
    • Indigenous communities
  • Hospital staff, community general practitioners (GPs) and medical specialists (see below)
  • Vulnerable populations in select congregate settings.
  • Staff in community home support and nursing services for seniors.

All health care professionals/workers providing direct patient care in acute and community health care settings (including home care) will have the opportunity to be vaccinated. The below list is meant as a guide and not an authoritative list:

  • Community primary care providers who are seeing patients in person (nurse practitioners, medical practitioners, other patient care staff) and office staff (including medical office assistants) working in these settings
  • Laboratory staff working in public health and private laboratories 
  • Midwives, doulas and office staff working in these settings
  • Paramedics
  • Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and pharmacy staff
  • Public and community health program staff (regional, provincial, federal)
  • Research staff exposed to COVID-19 patients 
  • Speech-language pathologists and support staff
  • Massage therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Physiotherapists and support staff
  • Kinesiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Acupuncturists
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners
  • Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, denturists, dental technicians and their office staff 
  • Occupational therapists and support staff
  • Canadian Blood Services Staff
  • Dietitians 
  • Naturopaths
  • Audiologists, Hearing Instrument Practitioners, and support staff
  • Optometrists, Opticians
  • Psychologists
  • Radiology/ imaging offices
  • Social workers/Mental Health Workers (health care settings only)
Health care workers can book appointments by phone. Indicate you are a health care worker and bring identification with you to the clinic.

Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm 

Priority front-line workers

In April, front-line priority workers identified by the COVID-19 Workplace Task Group and public health can receive their first dose of the vaccine. The groups include:

  • First responders (police, firefighters, emergency transport
  • K-12 educational staff
  • Childcare staff 
  • Grocery store workers
  • Postal workers
  • Bylaw and quarantine officers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Wholesale/warehousing employees
  • Staff living in congregate housing at places such as ski hills
  • Correctional facilities staff
  • Cross-border transport staff
  • Sectors or settings prioritized due to outbreak response (currently happening)

Phase 3: April to May 2021 (Current phase)

  • People aged 79 to 60, in five year increments:
    • 79 to 75 
    • 74 to 70 
    • 69 to 65 
    • 64 to 60 
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) people age 64 to 18.
  • People aged 69 to 16 who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Phase 4: May to June 2021

  • People aged 59 to 18, in five year increments:
    • 59 to 55 
    • 54 to 50
    • 49 to 45 
    • 44 to 40 
    • 39 to 35 
    • 34 to 30 
    • 29 to 25 
    • 24 to 18

The scheduling of groups for vaccination may change based on vaccine availability and transmission. Vaccines are being used throughout the Immunization Plan to manage outbreaks

Health professionals should refer to the immunization resources for further information.

Please check this page often for updates as more vaccines are approved and more supplies become available.

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