On Thursday, March 18, the province provided an update on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in B.C. 

Beginning in April, several priority groups will get their first dose of the AstraZeneca/SII COVISHIELD vaccine.

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The priority groups identified by public health include the following individuals: 

  • First responders 
  • Teachers from K-12
  • People who work in child care
  • Grocery store employees
  • Postal workers 
  • Bylaw and quarantine officers 
  • People who work in manufacturing 
  • Wholesale and warehouse staff 
  • "Staff living in congregate housing at places such as ski hills" 
  • People working in correctional facilities 
  • Cross-border transport staff 

“Our age-based rollout is ahead of schedule and with the AstraZeneca/SII supply arriving, we can protect people working in specific, front-line industries,” said Adrian Dix, minister of health.

Frontline workers will be notified about how to book their vaccination appointments in the coming weeks.