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Vaccine Eligibility

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

Last updated: January 22, 2021


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 will begin in April and vaccines will primarily be distributed by age groups, in five year increments, starting with the oldest.

Phase 1: December 2020 to February 2021 (Current phase)

  • 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 March 2021

  • People not immunized in Phase 1:
    • Seniors, age 80 and over
    • Indigenous communities
    • Hospital staff, community general practitioners (GPs) and medical specialists
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) seniors, age 65 and over, and Elders.
  • Populations living and working in select congregate settings.
  • Long-term home support and home care recipients and staff.
  • People in group homes or mental health residential care.

Phase 3: April to June 2021

  • People aged 79 to 60, in five year increments:
    • 79 to 75 (Dose 1: April ; Dose 2: May)
    • 74 to 70 (Dose 1: April/May ; Dose 2: May/June)
    • 69 to 65 (Dose 1: May/June ; Dose 2: June/July)
    • 64 to 60 (Dose 1 June, Dose 2 July)
  • People aged 69 to 16 who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be eligible between April and June.

Once additional vaccines are approved and become available, people between the ages of 18 and 64 who are front-line essential workers or work in high-risk workplaces or industries may be included in Phase 3.

Phase 4: July to September 2021

  • People aged 59 to 18, in five year increments:
    • 59 to 55 (Dose 1 July, Dose 2 August)
    • 54 to 50 (Dose 1 July, Dose 2 August)
    • 49 to 45 (Dose 1 July, Dose 2 August)
    • 44 to 40 (Dose 1 July, Dose 2 August)
    • 39 to 35 (Dose 1 July/August, Dose 2 August/September)
    • 34 to 30 (Dose 1 August, Dose 2 September)
    • 29 to 25 (Dose 1 August/September, Dose 2 September)
    • 24 to 18 (Dose 1 and Dose 2 September)

The scheduling of groups for vaccination may change based on vaccine availability and transmission.

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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