I am concerned I have a disease/illness that makes me more at-risk for COVID-19 (like diabetes). Will I get the vaccine before others? When can I expect to get the vaccine?

Question: 

I am concerned I have a disease/illness that makes me more at-risk for COVID-19 (like diabetes). Will I get the vaccine before others? When can I expect to get the vaccine?

Answer: 
People aged 16 to 74 who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have received their patient invitation letter can get vaccinated. You can book a vaccine appointment for yourself or have a family member or friend call for you. People on the clinically extremely vulnerable list include diabetics on insulin.
 
If you're on the clinically extremely vulnerable list, you will receive a patient invitation letter. The letter will be mailed to your home address on file with your Personal Health Number. 
 
Why isn’t my medical condition included?
The list of eligible conditions and supporting clinical guidance was carefully developed with input from over 60 specialists and family doctors around the province. Expert physicians and providers in cancer care, kidney diseases and other immunocompromised conditions worked with public health and international COVID-19 data to define B.C.’s clinically extremely vulnerable list. Pediatricians were included to review relevant information for youth aged 16 to 19. The work was supported by an ethics expert to make sure the list is as fair and equitable as possible.
 
We recognize that not all medical conditions are included on the clinically extremely vulnerable list. The list identifies conditions that are the strongest drivers of hospitalization and mortality risk. If you have questions about your medical condition and COVID-19 immunization, contact your doctor or primary care provider.
I am part of the clinically extremely vulnerable category for the COVID-19 vaccine. When will I get a patient invitation letter? How do I book my appointment?
People aged 16 to 74 who are on the clinically extremely vulnerable list, will receive a patient invitation letter. The letter will be mailed to your home address on file with your Personal Health Number (found on the back of your B.C. driver's licence, BC Services Card or CareCard). 
  • Letters will be mailed starting March 24 and should arrive by April 15.
  • Do not call before March 29. Your health authority phone number can be found on page 1 of your patient invitation letter.
Starting March 29, you can call your health authority to book a vaccine appointment. You can book a vaccine appointment for yourself or have a family member or friend call for you. Before you call, we recommend you review information from the BC Centre for Disease Control on the planning, timing and safety of the vaccine with consideration of your health condition.
 
You will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine dose. A choice will not be offered between the two brands unless you have a contraindication to one of the vaccines.
I am part of the clinically extremely vulnerable category and did not receive a patient invitation letter by April 15th. What do I do to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?
If you're on the clinically extremely vulnerable list and you haven't received your patient invitation letter by April 15, it may be because:
  • You recently moved to B.C.
  • You had a treatment in another province
  • You don't get medication through the BC PharmaNet system
  • Your home address on file is outdated
Starting April 15, you can try booking an appointment using the online Get Vaccinated registration and booking tool or call centre. Using your Personal Health Number, the registration system or phone agent will confirm if you're eligible.
 
If the registration system doesn't confirm your eligibility and you believe you should be included on the clinically extremely vulnerable list, contact your doctor or primary care provider. They will help you. 
 

Please note that the circumstances around COVID-19 vaccines in BC are changing regularly, so this information may change.

Date last updated: 
Thursday, Mar 25, 2021
Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021