Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) will start COVID-19 vaccination clinics for eligible seniors and Indigenous people on Monday, March 15, in North Shore.
A detailed list of clinic locations will be released at a later date by health authorities.
A toll-free phone to book appointments will begin operating on March 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
People 80 years of age and older, and Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) people 65 years of age and older, can book their appointment by age group by calling 1-877-587-5767.
VCH invites people in the following age groups to call the appointment booking phone line from the dates indicated below:
Call starting March 8 if: Year of birth in or before 1931 (seniors 90 years of age and older); year of birth in or before 1956 for Indigenous people (65 years of age and older). The vaccinations for this group will start on March 15.
Call starting March 15 if: Year of birth in or before 1936 (seniors 85 years of age and older); year of birth in or before 1956 for Indigenous people (65 years of age and older). The vaccinations will start on March 22.
Call starting March 22 if: Year of birth in or before 1941 (seniors 80 years of age and older); year of birth in or before 1956 for Indigenous people (65 years of age and older). Vaccinations will start on March 29.
Before calling the phone line, people are asked to have a pen and paper, their personal health number, full name, date of birth, postal code and a phone number available.
Most vaccination clinics will be open seven days a week, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with evening appointments also available.
Dedicated sites have also been established for Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) people, which will offer services that are culturally safe, with ceremonial plans in place.
Those who have a clinical question are asked to first speak with their family doctor or nurse practitioner, or call 811 for nursing advice before booking an appointment.
For questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call 1-888-COVID19 (1.888.268.4319) or visit gov.bc.ca/covid19.
VCH is appealing to family members, friends, neighbours and social services agencies to help reach eligible seniors in the community.
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