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Carol asks: “When I phone to make an appointment for my vaccination next week, can I also make the appointment for my husband who is in the same age cohort as me?”
Yes, you’re allowed to book multiple appointments when you get through to an agent to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination, and for many people, it may just be more efficient to do so when you’re looking to reserve a spot for a number of people under one roof.
In the Fraser Health Authority, there’s no limit for how many people you can book for. However, health authorities in general are urging those who are able to do it on their own, to do so. They’re also hoping people don’t take advantage of this and stay on the line booking for 100 people.
When you call, you will be asked for the following information:
- First and last name
- Date of birth
- Postal code
- Personal Health Number (Note: If you do not have one, you can still receive the vaccine)
- A contact email address or phone number
You will not be asked for your SIN, driver’s licence number, or banking/credit card details.
Remember, if you are living in B.C. during the pandemic, you can get the shot and it’s free. You don’t need to be in the MSP program, but you do need a BC Services Card or public health number.
You do not need to be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency to received a vaccine, but during the pre-registration process, people will need to show proof they are currently living here. This means you can be a visitor from another province or country who’s living here temporarily, and that includes international students or parents visiting from abroad.
While people continue to be asked to wait for their age groups to call and book an appointment, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Monday that some exceptions have been made.