Ontario Expands Vax Eligibility In COVID-19 Hotspots, But Some Say There Are No Spaces Available – fr

Ontario Expands Vax Eligibility In COVID-19 Hotspots, But Some Say There Are No Spaces Available – fr

TORONTO – Some residents of Ontario neighborhoods designated as COVID-19 hotspots said they rushed to reserve a vaccine Monday morning as the province opened appointments for all adults in those areas, only to meet say that none were available.

Residents 18 or older living in 114 specific neighborhoods designated as hotspots were able to start booking appointments from Monday, but some on social media said they logged in early and waited their turn , but they are still empty.

“So for the hot spots in Toronto etc, even though they opened up availability for vaccine appointments this morning, once you’re done on the phone you’re told there’s no will have NO OPENINGS FOR VACCINES since last Friday. In other words, if you’re in Toronto, don’t even try, ”one person wrote on social media.

Minutes after reservations opened at 8 a.m., the provincial site showed an estimated wait of over an hour, with tens of thousands of users in the queue. In addition, some reported that they initially experienced technical difficulties with the site.

This week and next year, the province will send half of its vaccine supply to hot spots, based on recommendations from government science advisers.

Adults in some sensitive neighborhoods had already been able to make appointments for vaccines, but not through the province’s online reservation portal.

An area in the Toronto area with multiple hotspot communities said this weekend it would open more bookings for those who live or work in those neighborhoods starting Tuesday, but warned it was limited by supply issues.

“Due to a vaccine shortage, York Region is not reserving bookings for people aged 18-34 who live in high-priority communities and residents aged 50-59. These groups can soon book through the provincial reservation system, ”York Public Health said in a statement.

Eligibility widens even further across Ontario on Thursday, when online reservations are open to residents aged 50 and over.

People with high risk health conditions and certain groups of people who cannot work from home will also become eligible.

Ontario has said it expects everyone aged 18 and over to be able to reserve a vaccine by the end of May.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 3, 2021


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