BC announced COVID-19 Vaccination schedule and roll out plan for late 2020 and early 2021.
For those who want the vaccine, the question is when will they be able to get it.
The first tier includes front-line health care workers connected to long-term care facilities and those working in hospitals treating intensive care, emergency and COVID-19 patients.
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The next will be residents of long-term care homes.
Seniors over the age of 80 can receive the next vaccine.
People living in shelters, the homeless and those in remote and isolated indigenous communities are among those in high-risk living conditions.
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The province said the goal is to vaccinate all of these groups in the first three months of 2021.
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From April 2021 other frontline workers such as paramedics, firefighters, police officers, grocery store workers, transport workers and teachers are eligible for this vaccine.
Everyone else will start qualifying in increments by risk, starting with those aged 75 and over and moving down by the age of five.
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The vaccine is not recommended for cancer patients, immunocompromised patients, pregnant women or children under 16 years of age.
Both doses of this vaccine need to be completely protected and the second dose should be given for at least 21 days with full immunity until seven days after the second dose.
To begin to relax social distance rules and mask policies, the province at this time said that 60 to 70 percent of the population would need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, based on what it knew.
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Other vaccines may be suitable for those in immunocompromised locations, pregnant women, and children under 16 years of age, but Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are not suitable for these groups at this time.
The province said the timeline will go faster as more vaccines become available and more products become available.
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