Interior Health: Revelstoke COVID-19 vaccination appointments for residents aged 50-plus only now

Interior Health says only Revelstoke residents aged 50-plus and Aboriginal people aged 18-plus can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments at this time.

Revelstoke COVID-19 vaccination clinics are ongoing at the Revelstoke Community Centre. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

Interior Health says it is booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Revelstoke residents aged 50-plus and Aboriginal residents aged 18-plus.

On April 3, an Interior Health spokesperson said IH is not booking non-Aboriginal residents aged 18-49 at this point and that it has not yet announced a date when it will start booking appointments.

On April 3, Revelstoke Mountaineer sought clarification on the situation after IH announced an accelerated “community specific” vaccine campaign for Revelstoke on April 1.

The rollout was marred by an error on IH’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage, which temporary stated on April 1 that everyone 18-plus in Revelstoke could book an appointment. That was later changed to everyone 50-plus and Aboriginal people aged 18-plus.

However, since then non-Aboriginal residents under age 49 have been able to book appointments.

On April 3, the IH spokesperson said the issue was rooted in communication with the appointment-booking call centre, which is operated by contractor Telus, saying they’ve worked on resolving issues.

IH said its COVID-19 vaccination website is the place to find up-to-date information on current vaccine eligibility.

Revelstoke Mountaineer called the vaccine booking hotline (1-877-740-7747) on April 3 to ask the operator about eligibility. The operator did have the correct information, saying non-Aboriginal people under 50 could not book at this time.

Since April 1, Revelstoke Mountaineer has received several anecdotal reports from residents about issues. For example, a resident in his 50s was turned away by one operator who told him he was not eligible, despite his insistence that he believed he was. The resident called back and another operator did book the appointment. We have also seen booking confirmations from non-Aboriginal people aged under 49, who called up after seeing the IH website notice everyone 18-plus could book and were able to book an appointment.

Aaron Orlando is a Revelstoke-based journalist who serves as creative director of revelstokemountaineer.com and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's been on the news beat in Revelstoke for the past 14 years, serving in senior editorial roles. If you have aaron@revelstokemountaineer.com or call/text him at 250-814-8710.