Ontario health units urge patience as all adults become eligible for COVID-19 vaccine – fr

Ontario health units urge patience as all adults become eligible for COVID-19 vaccine – fr

TORONTO – Ontario health units are asking for patience and warnings about limited appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine after all adults in the province became eligible for the vaccine today.

A spokeswoman for the prime minister’s office said more than 183,000 vaccine appointments had been booked within the first two hours of expanded eligibility.

People aged 18 and over became eligible for vaccines from 8 a.m.

Provincial health units have warned that appointments may not be available immediately due to increasing demand.

The City of Ottawa announced that community clinics were full starting at 11 a.m., indicating that more appointments would be available when the city received more resources.

In Hamilton, the city acknowledged residents’ frustration in trying to book photos, saying there may be “limited or no appointments” at some of the city’s mass clinics.

Lambton Public Health in southwestern Ontario asked for patience in a social media post and urged people to come back for new appointments.

“Although we have opened vaccine eligibility, there may be a delay in getting your vaccine appointment,” the health unit said Tuesday. “More clinics will open as more vaccines are confirmed, so check back every day. “

Lambton County also announced on Tuesday that the region’s largest vaccination clinic, an arena in Point Edward, Ont., Will begin scheduling vaccination appointments for youth 12 and older, or those who are will be 12 this year.

“We want to encourage families with children 12 and over to book vaccination appointments together,” Dr Sudit Ranade, the region’s leading doctor, said in a statement. “We are therefore opening our mass vaccination clinic at Point Edward Arena to all groups eligible to receive Pfizer, which is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in 12-15 year olds by Health Canada.

The mayors of the largest cities in the Hamilton and Toronto areas called on Monday for a greater supply of vaccines to keep up with the expected surge in demand. This came after the province reverted to the per capita vaccine allocation after two weeks of sending half of its supply to hot spots.

The provincial government said Monday it had enough vaccines to ensure hot spots would be able to meet demand.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments can be booked through the provincial online portal, call center, or local health unit reservation systems. Pharmacies and pop-up clinics also offer injections.

The eligibility expansion comes as the province reports 1,616 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 other virus-related deaths. Data is based on over 22,900 completed tests.

The Ministry of Health says 1,484 people are hospitalized with the virus, including 764 in intensive care and 559 on ventilators.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 18, 2021.


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