FSM COVID VACCINE PATIENT UPDATE

By | March 19th, 2021 | Comments Off on FSM COVID VACCINE PATIENT UPDATE

Dear Patients,

Update:

The following age groups will be able to book an appointment for the 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on the following dates:

  • March 19th, 2021 at 12:00pm: seniors over 80 (born in 1941 or earlier) or Indigenous and over 65 (born in 1956 or earlier)
  • March 20th, 2021 at 12:00pm: seniors over 79 (born in 1942 or earlier) or Indigenous and over 55 (born in 1966 or earlier)
  • March 22nd, 2021 at 12:00pm: seniors over 78 (born in 1943 or earlier)
  • March 23rd, 2021 at 12:00pm: seniors over 77 (born in 1944 or earlier)
  • March 25th, 2021 at 12:00pm: seniors over 76 (born in 1945 or earlier)
  • March 27th, 2021 at 12:00pm: seniors over 75 (born in 1946 or earlier)

Details, including numbers to call to book an appointment, are on the following link:
Vaccine appointments for seniors

For additional and general information regarding the COVID vaccination program, please visit the following link:
BCCDC COVID-19 Vaccine

Beginning March 31st, 2021, persons aged 55-65 will be able to book appointments for the COVID-19 AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at select pharmacies. For more information, please visit this link: Pharmacists Move Up Vaccines For Ages 55-65
For a list of the current pharmacies providing this service, please visit the following link: Initial COVID-19 Vaccines in Pharmacies

For important information regarding whether you are able to register for a vaccine ahead of your age cohort due to being clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) to COVID-19, please visit this article to learn about What to do to get your vaccine if you are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 You can also visit the following link from the Government of British Columbia: Vaccines for People Who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

 

Register for the Vaccine via the Government of B.C. Website

 

Thank you.

 

FSM Team

 

Additional Information

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 3April 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.

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada – Canada.ca

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know – Canada.ca

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.

Please visit Doctors of B.C. and B.C. Centre for Disease Control  to obtain answers to frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.