COVID-19 vaccination appointments

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Pennsylvania is rapidly expanding vaccine eligibility to comply with President Joe Biden's directive that 90% of adults be eligible on April 19 and live within five miles of a vaccination site.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said B.C.is on track to vaccinate almost half a million British Columbians by mid-April.

Murphy will disclose details of the new vaccine eligibility date at a 2:30 p.m. virus update in Trenton, according to a person familiar with the new policy and who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement.

Lower Mainland residents who are 55 to 65 years old can book appointments for the AstraZeneca vaccine at participating pharmacies.

In the Get Vaccinated system, residents will first register with the system, then be contacted when they are eligible to make an appointment.

Almost 770,000 eligible British Columbians - or one in six - have received their first dose of vaccine and more than 87,000 have received their second dose. Your Personal Health Number can be found on the back of your B.C. Services Card or driver's licence. That vaccination stream is running parallel to the age-based program.

You will also be asked to provide an email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive texts.

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You can register for yourself or on someone else's behalf. You will receive a confirmation number, which will be required to book your appointment.

The ministry said the online portal and single provincial call centre will replace the five regional call centres now being used to register patients and book vaccine appointments.

Appointments will be booked online or by phone. That program is expected to expand to other regions of the province over the next few days.

What if I have already received my first dose?

Currently, the Fraser Health is the only health authority with an online booking system.

The Brazilian variant, believed to be three times more contagious than the previous COVID strain, is hitting towns like Whistler, leading the province to order Whistler-Blackcomb resort to close until April 19.

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