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CA, 02 Mar 2021
B.C. provincial health officials have decided to spread the doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to 16 weeks.

Originally the doses were spread out by 28 days, then it was pushed to 42 days and now it is 112 days.

"This means everyone moves up the list and everyone will be protected sooner," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday.

"We will monitor very closely to see if we see any changes in the protection levels. We believe this is supported strongly by the data both here in B.C. and the scientific community around the world."

The announcement comes as the province outlines the move to Phase 2 of the immunization campaign.

All British Columbians born in 1941 or earlier will be eligible to receive the first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine in March and early April.

Starting on Monday, seniors and high-risk people residing in independent living and senior's supportive housing, including staff, will be immunized across the province.

Henry, Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Penny Bellem outlined Monday how more than 400,000 British Columbians will receive the first COVID-19 shot over the next five or six weeks.

"At every step of the way, we are putting the health and safety of British Columbians first," Horgan said.

"B.C. was one of the first provinces to layout our vaccine plan, and now we're moving to Phase 2 to reach even more of our seniors and Elders. We're getting vaccine into arms as fast as we can, given early supply delays from manufacturers, and we're seeing it start to make a difference for people and their communities throughout our province."

Once seniors and high-risk people residing in independent living and senior's supportive housing are done, the province will move on to home-care support clients and staff, then Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) peoples born in or before 1956 (65 years and older) and finally all seniors born in or before 1941.

Beginning March 8, 2021, seniors aged 80+ and Indigenous peoples aged 65+ who are not living in independent living or seniors supportive housing can make one call to book their appointment through their local health authority call centre according to a staggered schedule.

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