Sunday, June 20, 2021
ADVT 
National

B.C. gets 1.7 million calls as vaccine lines open

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 08 Mar, 2021 07:09 PM
  • B.C. gets 1.7 million calls as vaccine lines open

Call centres in British Columbia received 1.7 million calls today in less than three hours after they opened to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments for some of the province's oldest residents.

The call centres opened at 7 a.m. at the Fraser, Island, Interior, Northern and Vancouver Coastal health authorities to make appointments for people 90 years and older, and Indigenous people who are 65 and older or identify as elders.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says there are about 47,000 people in the province who are 90 and up and 35,000 who are Indigenous people over 65, so he urged anyone who is not calling on behalf of someone in those categories to hang up the phone.

Dix says health authorities are booking thousands of appointments and plenty of time slots remain.

There are still five days left to book for people in those age groups, so if callers don't get through today, he says there is still time.

He says the phone lines are the focus right now because of the age of those who are eligible, but Fraser Health has online booking, and a broader web-based system will become a larger component of booking as younger age categories get their turn.

Dix says the "enormous" response today reflects the significant support for vaccination in the province.

Health authorities announced dozens of sites Sunday where B.C.'s oldest residents will go to receive their vaccine.

MORE National ARTICLES

TransLink tests technology to sanitize air on buses

TransLink tests technology to sanitize air on buses

The technology, which has been tested for safe exposure levels, is already used in other sectors such as the hotel and restaurant industries.

TransLink tests technology to sanitize air on buses

Delayed B.C. tax changes coming into effect

Delayed B.C. tax changes coming into effect

The tax will apply to all beverages dispensed through soda fountains or similar equipment, along with all beverages dispensed through vending machines.

Delayed B.C. tax changes coming into effect

B.C. top doctor has say over church events: lawyer

B.C. top doctor has say over church events: lawyer

Paul Jaffe, legal counsel for a group of petitioners that includes three Fraser Valley churches, has argued Henry's orders reflect a value judgment.

B.C. top doctor has say over church events: lawyer

Canadian soldier found dead in Afghanistan

Canadian soldier found dead in Afghanistan

He had joined the Armed Forces in 1991 and had deployed on four operational tours. The Defence Department says his body will return to Canada on March 7.

Canadian soldier found dead in Afghanistan

Sajjan aide noted allegations in 2018 email

Sajjan aide noted allegations in 2018 email

Governor-in-council appointments, or GICs, are senior appointments made by the federal cabinet. While Astravas did not include any other details about the nature of the allegation or whom it concerned, the chief of the defence staff is such an appointment.

Sajjan aide noted allegations in 2018 email

PM holds firm on premiers' health-care demands

PM holds firm on premiers' health-care demands

Speaking at a midday press conference, Trudeau said that short-term outlook can't yet give way to longer-term concerns about the effect COVID-19 is having on the Canada's provincially run health-care systems.

PM holds firm on premiers' health-care demands