BC announces plan for mass vaccination campaign starting in April

BC announces plan for mass vaccination campaign starting in April

Thus far, over 103,000 people have received their first dose of vaccine while second doses are now underway.

The B.C. government has changed its approach to mass COVID-19 vaccinations beginning in April, using age as the main factor to determine who gets vaccinated first.

In a joint statement Friday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 508 more people have been contracted the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. It also means staying close to home and only travelling if it is essential.

When Horgan was asked about why frontline workers such as police, firefighters, teachers, and more were not given higher priority, Horgan said that he has heard from numerous advocates for various sectors arguing that their profession needs higher prioritization.

Dr. Henry said this is due to a review of the science, ethics and operational considerations of the rollout.

Ballem had said that risk increases exponentially over age 70, and explained that an age-based program is the most feasible to implement. Phase two will span from February to March and will include seniors over the age of 80, hospital staff and general practitioners who were not immunized in phase one, Indigenous seniors over the age of 65 and additional Indigenous communities.

More details about registration, timing, availability, and immunization clinic locations will be available in the coming weeks.

Vaccination clinics will be set up in 172 communities across the province, in places like community halls, arenas, stadiums and gymnasiums. Currently, the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are pending approval in Canada. It will be B.C.'s largest immunization plan in the province's history, which will see about 4.3 million people vaccinated over the next eight months.

Dr. Henry said they now don't have plans to vaccinate those under 18.

The plan is divided into four phases, with phases one and two focusing on immunizing those with increased likelihood for severe illness, and phases three and four focusing on the general population.

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