Lines open Monday in B.C. to start booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments for seniors

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VICTORIA — Health authorities across British Columbia will start booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments Monday for people 90 years old and older and Indigenous residents over the age of 65.

The province says vaccine call centres will open at 7 a.m. at the Fraser, Island, Interior, Northern and Vancouver health authorities to make appointments for seniors to receive their shots.

The B.C. government website says people can book appointments for themselves or their spouse, and family members or friends are also permitted to make a booking on someone else's behalf.

The website says callers to health authorities will be asked to provide the person's first and last name, date of birth, postal code and personal health number.

The website says people born in 1936 or earlier can start calling for appointments on March 15 and those born in 1941 or earlier can start scheduling their shots on March 22.

Island Health says in a statement Sunday it will operate 19 community clinics where more than 40,000 people will receive their first COVID-19 vaccines over the next month.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 7, 2021.

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