VCH now invites seniors age 85 and older to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment

STARTING at noon on Thursday, March 11, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) invites seniors born in 1936 or earlier (85 years of age and older), to call 1.877.587.5767 to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

As of Thursday, eligible seniors and Indigenous peoples who are currently invited to call VCH’s appointment booking phone line include:

* Seniors born in 1936 or earlier (85 years of age and older) who live in Richmond, Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver.

* Seniors born in 1941 or earlier (80 years of age and older) who live on the Sunshine Coast, or in Powell River, Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton and on Bowen Island.

* Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) born in 1956 or earlier (65 years of age and older) and Elders.

Vancouver Coastal Health said it appreciates everyone’s patience as it worked with its call centre service provider to improve access to COVID-19 vaccine appointment bookings. It added: “The call centre service has been improved, and we have trained VCH staff to augment the call centre to make the service more efficient for callers.’

This service is for first dose vaccine appointment bookings only, and is only available to those in the indicated age groups, at this time. To prepare for your call, have available a pen and paper, personal health number, full name, date of birth, postal code and phone number. 

VCH is appealing to family members, friends, neighbours and social services agencies to help reach eligible seniors in the community. Share this COVID-19 vaccination update with eligible seniors and Indigenous peoples along with Elders, to help them plan and book their appointment.