FNHA: Phase 2 of COVID-19 Immunizations Opens Appointments for Indigenous People Age 65 and Older
As of March 8, all Indigenous people in BC age 65 or older will be able to register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment as part of the province’s next rollout of vaccination clinics. Registration will take place for appointments for first doses of vaccine. Immunization clinic locations will be confirmed at time of booking, with vaccinations starting as early as March 15.
This provincial vaccine rollout will speed up distribution of vaccine to older populations at greater risk from COVID-19. Regional health authorities are organizing these clinics with planning support from the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) regional teams. Current community-based vaccination clinics organized by the FNHA in partnership with First Nations communities will also continue and dates will be confirmed as vaccine supply becomes available.
Vaccine Registration Contact Information by Health Authority
|Fraser Health Authority
|Interior Health Authority
|Northern Health Authority
|Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
|Vancouver Island Health Authority
To find out which Health Authority you are in, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/health-authorities/regional-health-authorities
Call centres will start registering appointments on March 8 for Indigenous people age 65 and older, as well as seniors age 80 and older. The centres will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, with reduced hours on statutory holidays.
Indigenous people aged 60-64 will be able to register for an appointment online or by phone by March 31, with clinics for people in this age group starting in mid-April.
On March 1, 2021, first dose immunizations begin for those living and working in independent living centres and senior’s supportive housing, as well as long-term home support clients and staff. Health authorities will directly contact those in this priority group to book appointments.
By the end of September, it is expected that most people in B.C. will have the opportunity to get the vaccine if they want it.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, see What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines on the FNHA website, or:
The BC Centre for Disease Control
Health Canada website
If you are a client or health care provider with clinical questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and do not have access to a primary care provider, call First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day at 1-855-344-3800. Medical Office Assistants are available to help you seven days per week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The FNHA has also produced a series of resources to help support mental health and wellness during the pandemic.