Shortage of vaccines puts appointments on hold

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People aged 60 to 69 can now make appointments for their COVID-19 vaccine.

But they’re going to have to wait to get the shot until more vaccines arrive in the region.

Jeff Serran finally got through the telephone lines to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for himself and some family members Wednesday, only to be told to call back Friday.

He told The Nugget he finally got a live operator at about 1:15 p.m. after calling countless times.

Serran said he was ready with the required health card numbers and emails, but he didn’t get that far.

“She told me I couldn’t get an appointment because they were out of vaccines,” he said. “She also said she didn’t know when the health unit would be getting more.”

He said he was advised to call back Friday.

Emails sent to the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit were not returned by deadline.

This comes as the health unit has started to take COVID-19 vaccine appointments for those between 60 and 69 years of age.

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Individuals in the health unit region, born in 1961 or before, can now book an appointment at one of the upcoming vaccine clinics, either online at www.ontario.ca/BookVaccine or by calling the health unit from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-563-2808.

Appointments cannot be made in person through the health unit.

A list of local clinics and more information on booking appointments can be found on the health unit website at www.myhealthunit.ca

Community health-care workers who have received a booking code also are eligible to make an appointment this week.

“As appointments are made available to more priority groups, clinics are filling up quickly and a wait time is expected for those booking by phone,” a statement Wednesday from the health unit says.

“The health unit encourages individuals to book online if they are able to do so and is reminding the public that names cannot be placed on a waiting list for clinics that are not yet scheduled. More clinics will be added to the schedule as vaccine supply continues to be allocated to the health unit.”

As of Tuesday, a total of 21,925 residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, representing 20.2 per cent of the health unit district’s adult population. This may include residents who have received a dose outside of the health unit district.

Of those, 20,179 people, or 18.6 per cent of all adult residents, have only one dose, while 1,746 people, or 1.6 per cent of all adult residents, have two doses.

The health unit says more than 4,500 individuals are expected to receive their COVID-19 vaccine this week.

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