The BC immunization plan is to have 4.3 eligible BC residents immunized by the end of September 2021, with 172 immunization centres administering 8.6 doses, to be set up throughout the province starting in March. Mass immunization will also include mobile clinics and home visits where needed. People will be able to register online, through call centres, and through a number of other means between two to four weeks before they are eligible for immunization.
There is a delay in the Pfizer vaccine, specific to Canada. The federal government is also currently looking at a new Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and this is not yet a part of the current calculations. BC Premier John Horgan was confident that the backlog would be corrected by the end of February.
The priority will be determined by age. BC data shows that those over 60 have five times the risk of serious complications and death if they contract COVID-19, and the risks are compounded by chronic underlying medical issues.
No particular profession will receive priority.
None of the current vaccines are approved for children under the age of 18.
The phased plan, as was presented, is as follows:
Watch the full announcement here: