For additional information about vaccinations while pregnant or breastfeeding visit COVID 19 Vaccinations while pregnant or breastfeeding

May 7, 2021 – Letter from: Jenn Goodwin, Interior Health

We want to continue to see our vaccination numbers climb – because with every person who gets their vaccine, we’re closer to community immunity. If you’re 18 and older, register today at the provincial GetVaccinated website to be notified to book your vaccine appointment.

If you’ve already registered once, you do not need to do it again. However, if you received your first dose before the provincial system was in place, it’s important to register now so you’re notified to book your second dose when the time comes.

There are three ways to register for notifications:

  1. Online by visiting the provincial website at https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/
  2. By phone: 1-833-838-2323
  3. In person at a Service BC office listed here.

Adults who are age 30 and over may receive their COVID-19 vaccine from a local pharmacy. Current participating pharmacies are listed on the BC Pharmacy Association website with details describing how to book through them directly.

Here are additional updates for this week:

Interior Health surpasses 335,000 doses!

Another week of accelerated vaccine roll-out brings IH over 335,000 doses administered throughout the Interior. Promote our #journey2immunity campaign on your social media channels, as we continue towards the ambitious goal of offering vaccine to every eligible person in IH.

Continue following public health orders and directions, even after you’re immunized

Public Health Orders and directions remain in place.  This includes limiting non-essential travel and staying local, through May 25.  For more information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/travel/current

High transmission neighbourhood campaign

Interior Health is currently accelerating COVID-19 immunizations for people aged 30 and over in two communities seeing high-transmission: the District of Summerland and the Rutland neighbourhood in Kelowna. In addition, Golden was added this week to our targeted community approach.  Read our public service announcement for Rutland and Summerland here, and for Golden here.

For all communities and neighbourhoods with targeted approaches, to check eligibility based on postal codes visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/neighbourhood#communities

 Age based vaccine eligibility continues to drop:

(Note: In Salmo, as a small community, we were blessed with the opportunity to vaccinate everyone the week of April 19th. 1,215 residents of Salmo and area took advantage of this opportunity.)

People aged 40 and older will be invited to book as early as next week. Invitations to book will be sent via text or email for:

  • Friday, May 7: 46+ (1975) after 7 p.m. (Pacific time)
  • Sunday, May 9: 43+ (1978) after 7 p.m. (Pacific time)
  • Tuesday, May 11: 40+ (1981) after 7 p.m. (Pacific time)

People must be registered through B.C.’s Get Vaccinated system (https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/) to get an email or text notification prompting them to book an appointment when it is their turn.

Vaccination prioritization for people who are pregnant:

People who are pregnant have been prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination and can now book a vaccine appointment, regardless of age.

To book an appointment, people who are pregnant can call the provincial COVID-19 immunization booking line at 1-833-838-2323 and inform the operator that they are pregnant. The agent will schedule their vaccination at a local clinic. See attached handout and Q&A for sharing among your communities.

Jenn Goodwin
Vice President, Communications and Culture
Interior Health
Corporate Administration
505 Doyle Avenue
Kelowna, B.C.,  V1Y 0C5