Wednesday April 7, 2021 | VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC
by Mary P Brooke, B.Sc., Editor | Island Social Trends
Success for the “Get Vaccinated” portal:
The ‘Get Vaccinated’ online vaccine registration and booking system for B.C.’s age-based immunization program is open for everyone to register and then later book their vaccine appointment when eligible.
As of noon today 305,401 people have registered so far (that’s about 49,000 more who signed up today, on top of yesterday’s robust interest). Of today’s tally, 89.8% registrations were done using the online portal:
- Online registrations: 274,276
- Phone registrations: 31,125
- Total registrations: 305,401
- Total booked appointments: 38,119
“We have made progress registering and booking appointments with the new tools launched yesterday and are now expanding to 70+ bookings,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix on Twitter this afternoon.
Yesterday Dix thanked the teams that have made possible the launch of the online “Get Vaccinated” registration process, which by 2 pm had received 160,464 registrations and 23,827 appointments were booked. By 7 pm last night those numbers were up to 255,870 registrations and 35,268 bookings.
Appointments are currently open to people age 70 years of age and older, to Indigenous people age 18+, and to those who have received an official letter giving the status as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’.
That level of vaccination “shows the commitment of people in BC in getting the vaccine”, said Dix.
As of April 7, 946,096 vaccine doses have been administered in BC (reaching about 22% of the 4.3 million adult population of BC); almost 20% of those are second doses.
On Vancouver Island as of today April 7, there had been 148,099 doses of COVID vaccines administered (10,155 of those are second doses): Pfizer 117,330, Moderna 30,330, and AstraZeneca 439.
Herd immunity requires at least 60% if not 70% coverage in the full population (adults and children). COVID vaccines are not yet approved for use in children, as product trials are still underway.
To date, 1,383,830 doses of COVID-19 vaccine (all three types) have been received in BC through federal procurement (in descending order by volume):
- Pfizer: 884,130
- AstraZeneca: 256,800
- Moderna: 242,900
To date, 219,350 doses of COVID-19 vaccine (all three types) have been received in Island Health (via BC’s federal procurement) – (in descending order by volume):
- Pfizer: 161,850
- Moderna: 57,000
- AstraZeneca: 500