As COVID-19 case numbers decrease and vaccination rates increase, we move closer and closer to once again welcoming visitors to our community.
In their joint statement released on Wednesday, May 19, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, noted that: “Getting everyone in our province immunized is our pathway forward through the COVID-19 pandemic. This will ensure we have enough protection and community immunity to allow us to slowly lift public health and travel restrictions.”
As of Wednesday, all BC residents aged 12 and up are now eligible to register for the COVID-19 vaccination. Registration can be completed:
- through the Get Vaccinated system;
- by calling 1 833 838-2323; or
- in-person at a Service BC office.
All BC residents are being asked to register through the provincial system, even if they’ve already had, or booked, their first dose through local health authorities or pharmacies. Close to 2.4 million people have already registered.
As of May 20, Interior Health has administered more than 412,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. They are asking communities, organizations, employers, and individuals to get involved in their #journey2immunity campaign, encouraging those who are eligible to register and schedule their vaccine appointments when it’s time. For a list of all Interior Health COVID-19 clinics and other resources, click here.
Currently, provincial vaccine clinics are administering either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for first dose appointments. All doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine are currently being held for dose 2 appointments; you can find more information about receiving your second dose through area pharmacies here.
Those wishing to access resources to help raise awareness about how to register for a vaccine can email Interior Health.
Detailed information about the COVID-19 vaccines, including vaccine safety and frequently asked questions, is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
BC’s COVID-19 immunization plan can be found on the Government of BC website.
For information on current COVID-19 restrictions and Provincial Health Orders, visit our Industry COVID-19 webpage.