The Government of B.C. recently published an article titled BC takes next steps to protect people with COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan (22-Jan-2021) which outlines B.C.’s plan for vaccine distribution over the coming weeks/months.
Please read the summary provided below:
Phase 2 – February to March 2021
- Seniors aged 80+ who are not immunized in Phase 1
- Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) seniors age 65 and over, and Elders and additional Indigenous communities not immunized in Phase 1
- Hospital staff, community general practitioners and medical specialists not immunized in Phase 1
- Vulnerable populations living and working in select congregated settings
- Staff in community home support and nursing services for seniors
Phase 3 – April to June 2021
*Timeline may change based on vaccine availability
(General population immunization)
People aged 79 to 60, in five-year increments (D1 = first dose/D2 = second dose)
- Aged 79-75; D1: April/D2: May
- Aged 74-70, D1: April/D2: May
- Aged 69-65; D1: May or June/D2: June or July
- Aged 64-60; D1: June/D2: July
- Aged 69-16 who are clinically extremely vulnerable; D1/D2 April – June
Phase 4 – July to September 2021
People aged 79 to 60, in five-year increments
- Aged 59-55
- Aged 54-50
- Aged 49-45
- Aged 44-40
- Aged 39-35
- Aged 34-30
- Aged 29-25
- Aged 24-18
From the Provincial Health Officer Report of the COVID-19 Vaccination Update, Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s vaccination strategy. Family physicians are within the priority population group scheduled to receive vaccination in February – March 2021. Contingent on supply, B.C. will begin a mass vaccination strategy in Q1/Q2 based on age stratification in descending five-year cohorts after 80+ population is completed.
Below you will find further information and direct links regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
As the administration process of the COVID-19 vaccine continues, many queries have been brought forth as to its effectiveness, safety concerns, and who will receive it and when.
The Doctors of B.C. have amalgamated answers based on these questions, and information provided by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, the Provincial Health Officer, and the Government of B.C.