You can register for yourself or someone else who needs assistance. Everyone 18 and older is eligible to be vaccinated, even if you don’t have a Personal Health Number.

You can register now if born in 1961 or earlier (60+) or Indigenous and born in 2003 or earlier (18+).

Interior Health has opened vaccine clinics throughout the Interior Health region as the Province moves to expedite its vaccine program.

Elk Valley clinics include:
Elkford – Elkford Health Centre – Open March 15
Fernie – Elk Valley Hospital Education Room – Open March 15 (Note: Fernie Memorial Arena will be used as a larger vaccination site starting April 12)
Sparwood – Sparwood Health Centre – Open March 15

B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan happens in four phases. Eligibility for all phases is based on the age you are turning in 2021.

The phased approach is based on expert advice and guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), B.C.’s Immunization Committee and the public health leadership committee. NACI recommends certain populations receive prioritization for early COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccine choice
All COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are effective and are safe and the best vaccine is the one available to you first.

Vaccine Booking Schedule:
Vaccine call centres are open between 8:00am and 8:00pm MDT. You can book a vaccine appointment for yourself when you are eligible to call, in many cases (not all) your spouse may also be eligible for the vaccine, regardless of their age, so make sure to ask. You can also have a family member or friend call for you. It’s easy and safe to book over the phone.

To register online, you must provide:
– First and last name
– Date of birth
– Postal code
– Personal Health Number – Find it on the back of your B.C. driver’s license or BC Services Card.
– An email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages

Call: 1-833-838-2323 Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT)
Only call to register for a vaccine when you’re eligible.

Frontline Workers to receive vaccines in April
Health Minister Adrian Dix said the age-based rollout is ahead of schedule and that progress, combined with the incoming supply of AstraZeneca vaccines, means the province can move to vaccinate those working in specific front-line industries. The Ministry of Health said people in priority groups will receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine in April. Booking arrangements for front-line workers will be established in the coming weeks and will be communicated clearly and directly to each sector to arrange bookings. Those groups include:

– K-12 educational staff.
– Child-care staff.
– Grocery store workers.
– First responders like police, firefighters and emergency transport workers.
– Postal workers.
– Manufacturing staff.
– Wholesale and warehousing employees.
– Bylaw and quarantine officers.
– Correctional facility staff.
– Cross-border transport staff.
– Workers living in shared housing in places like ski hills.

The B.C. government’s fears that COVID-19 variants could spread out of control have led it to launch new restrictions for a three-week period beginning March 30, and running until April 19, see the details here.

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

All vaccines currently available in Canada have been rigorously tested and are proven to prevent serious COVID infection. So get the first one offered to you!

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