GPSC’s Advice for Doctors on How to Prepare for Phase 2 of BC’s Vaccination Plan

Ashley Lane
February 27, 2021

Phase 2 of BC’s vaccination plan starts in March and includes anyone 80 years old and over, as well as Indigenous seniors 65 and over. While there are still no concrete details on how these patients can book their vaccination appointments, the General Practice Service Committee of BC (GPSC) has released some suggestions that family physicians can use to make sure their teams are prepared.  

How to prepare for Phase 2:

1. Create a list of Patients

Create a list of your patients who fall into the two eligible categories (80 and over and Indigenous seniors 65 and over). This will help you project how many patients may be getting the vaccine. 

2. Prepare Vaccine Information/Message  

Once the government and/or your health authority provides details on how these patients can book their appointments, you’re going to have to reach out to them and let them know the next steps. You should start preparing this message now so you can provide valuable information to your patients so they can make an informed decision. Let them know why they should get the vaccine and why you personally (as their doctor) think they should get it – along with any resources that you think might be helpful. 

A recent survey shows that over 90% of patients look to their doctors and other health care professionals as the most trustworthy source of information. Your reassurance that the vaccines are safe and effective can help alleviate any concerns and give patients confidence to get the vaccine. This is why the GPSC recommends pre-planning the message you’re going to send to patients. Try to emphasize the following points:

-The COVID-19 vaccines can protect you from getting sick

-Millions of people have been immunized with very mild side effects

-The vaccine will not give you COVID-19

-The vaccine will help your body to fight COVID-19

-The quicker we vaccinate the population, the quicker we can have our normal lives back!                  


The exact timing of when Phase 2 of BC’s vaccination plan comes into effect depends largely on how many supplies are available. Taking the time to prepare your office for how many patients you can expect, and putting together valuable information on why these patients should get the vaccine, will help make sure there are no delays/hiccups when people in these groups are allowed to register/book appointments.

 

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