B.C.’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan


Written by PARC Retirement Living

B.C. health regions began receiving vaccine shipments late last year. Doses will be distributed in order of urgency, starting with healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, and those in long-term care homes.The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in Canada December 9, 2020 and began shipping shortly thereafter, while the Moderna vaccine received approval December 23, 2020. According to the provincial government, doses will continue arriving weekly increasing quantities, with targeted deployment for people in additional priority groups. This is the provincial government’s anticipated phasing for vaccination, based on recommendations from Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization:

First-Priority Groups: January 2021 Onward

  • Long-term care and assisted living facility residents and staff
  • Health care facility staff for COVID-19 patients in settings like Intensive Care Units, COVID-19 wards and emergency departments
  • Indigenous people living in rural or remote communities
  • High-risk people living in group settings like shelters
  • Seniors over the age of 80 years. Many PARC residents will fall into this category and can expect to receive their vaccination during this phase.

Second-Priority Groups: Starting Spring 2021

  • Older people under age 80 in descending five-year-age groups, with a focus on the eldest first.
  • Key frontline workers:
  • All other healthcare workers
  • Police
  • Fire and first responders
  • People working in grocery stores
  • People working in Kindergarten to Grade 12 education settings, and child care providers
  • People working in transportation
  • People working in manufacturing and production facilities

 General Population: Remainder of 2021

Following all of the priority groups above, all others in B.C. will be able to receive their vaccinations. The government is in the process of developing a registration and record system, which includes a process to register for vaccine access and receive a formal record of immunization.Until vaccination is widespread

Experts hope we will reach community or “herd” immunity once 60 to 70 per cent of the population has been vaccinated; however necessary threshold is still unknown. Until that time, we will have to keep working together to protect everyone by following the same precautions we’ve been taking since the pandemic began:

  • Wash your hands frequently and vigorously
  • Stay home when you feel any symptoms of illness
  • Maintain physical distance from anyone outside your household
  • Wear a mask in public indoor spaces

Fully Operational and Still COVID-Free

BC has done well in bringing COVID-19 curve under control and PARC has continued to remain operational and COVID-free.

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