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

Question: 

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

Answer: 

B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan will happen in four phases. The focus of Phase 1 and Phase 2 is protecting those most vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19. The scientific data indicates that age is the most important factor in determining the risk for severe illness. However, in phase 3, people who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable who are between ages 69 and 16 will be prioritized.

People with underlying health conditions that are clinically extremely vulnerable include:

  • Solid organ transplant recipients
  • People with specific cancers:
    • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
    • People with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • People having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last six months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection (biologic modifiers, high dose steroids, AZT, cyclophosphamide)
  • People who had their spleen removed
  • Adults with very significant developmental disabilities that increase risk
  • Adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
  • Significant neuromuscular conditions requiring respiratory support

To learn more about the different phases and their timelines, check the BC CDC eligibility website for more information on these groups.

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

Date last updated: 
Thursday, Feb 11, 2021
Date last reviewed: 
Friday, Jan 29, 2021