BC is entering Phase 2 of its COVID-19 immunization plan – what does this mean for you?
The COVID-19 vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect yourself from becoming severely ill from COVID-19.
If you wish to receive a vaccine, older adults will become eligible based on age. In some cases, Vancouver Coastal Health will call individuals directly to book an appointment, such as those in independent and supportive housing or those receiving home care, and this is taking place now. Other individuals can call the Vancouver Coastal Health call centre to book a vaccine appointment starting on their eligibility date.
You do not need to contact the West End Seniors’ Network (WESN) to book a vaccine appointment.
If you have a phone line and can call the Vancouver Coastal Health centre yourself, we advise you to do so.
How to book your appointment:
Before making the call to book your appointment, have these in front of you:
- a pen and paper
- your Personal Health Number
- full name
- date of birth
- postal code
- optional: a phone number that can receive text messages or an email address – this is for the confirmation message
Your Personal Health Number is found on the back of your BC driver’s license, BC Services Card or CareCard. You do not need to have your Personal Health Number on you during the call, but it will make the booking faster.
If you are unable to get to a clinic for the appointment due to transportation or health reasons, mention this during the call and a home appointment can be arranged for you.
The locations of clinics have been announced. You can view them on the Vancouver Coastal Health website by clicking here.
Call the Vancouver Coastal Health centre at 1-877-587-5767 after you become eligible. The call centre is open seven days a week from 7:00AM – 7:00PM. There may be hold times – please be patient.
When can you book your appointment?
You may book your vaccine appointment starting on the following dates based on the eligibility criteria. It does not have to be on the starting date – you can book the appointment any time afterwards.
March 8: Older adults born in or before 1931 (90 years+) and Indigenous peoples born in or before 1956 (65 years+)
March 15: Older adults born in or before 1936 (85 years+)
March 22: Older adults born in or before 1941 (80 years+)
Vancouver Coastal Health will never ask you for your Social Insurance Number (SIN), driver’s license number or banking and credit card details.
The COVID-19 vaccines are free.
If you need help booking an appointment:
If you know someone who is eligible and wants the vaccine but they do not have a phone line, please offer your assistance. Family, partners/spouses, friends, and neighbours can book an appointment on behalf of another individual.
WESN can help older adults who do not have a phone line with calling Vancouver Coastal Health to book an appointment. We cannot provide Vancouver Coastal Health with a phone number that receives texts or an email address for the confirmation message for you. Contact the Kay’s Place team in the Denman Place Mall at 604-669-7339 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or more information.
If you want assistance setting up an email address or learning about texting:
If you want assistance with setting up an email address or to learn about texting so that you can receive the vaccine appointment confirmation message, you can book an 1-to-1 Technology Assistance appointment with WESN. Appointments are held in-person at Barclay Manor, over the phone or via video call. Call 604-669-5051 or email email@example.com to book with a Technology Coach. 2020-2021 WESN membership is required prior to a Technology Assistance appointment.
Last Updated: 08-Mar-2021