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B.C. transplant recipients to get COVID-19 vaccine around April

Last Updated Jan 22, 2021 at 2:55 pm PDT

FILE - Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Transplant recipients will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine around April

Vancouver man Todd Hauptman is relieved and humbled to learn he qualifies for Phase 3 of the vaccine rollout in B.C.

People between the ages of 16 to 69 who are 'clinically extremely vulnerable' fall into the third phase starting April

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Changes to how the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in B.C. means transplant recipients will be eligible to get the shot around April, bringing a sense of relief to a Vancouver man who received a kidney transplant.

When the province revealed its updated vaccine plan Friday, people with compromised immune systems were included in Phase 3, which is when the shots will start going to the general population.

Todd Hauptman received a new kidney 11 years ago.

“For patients like myself, there’s an extra degree of concern because of the potential impacts and complications from COVID if we were to contract it. I’m incredibly relieved and excited. I was just filled with relief after I heard the news,” he tells NEWS 1130.

“It’s humbling to know that they prioritize patients like myself when I realize that there are thousands of others that will want the vaccine and wish to have the vaccine after patients like myself receive it.”

He says the thing he is looking forward to the most after he gets the shot, and when the rules allow it, is to go travelling.

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B.C. is currently in the first phase of its immunization rollout, which is focused on protecting the healthcare system and residents in long-term care homes who are at risk. Phase 2 will have a similar focus, expanding on the distribution to at-risk populations who are most vulnerable to severe illness. Then the third and fourth phases aim to immunize the general population.

Phase 3 includes people between the ages of 16 and 69 who are “clinically extremely vulnerable” after the province works down from people who are under 80 years of age in five-year increments.

While Phase 3 is expected to start around April, it will be dependent on vaccine supplies.

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A production line issue has delayed Pfizer shipments to Canada, prompting B.C. to recalibrate how it plans to immunize people.

More than 100,000 British Columbians have received a COVID-19 shot.

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