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Online booking for COVID-19 vaccination starts Monday beginning with those 80 plus years-old


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Update Monday, March 15, 2020: The Grey Bruce Health Unit has received reports from individuals unable to use the provincial on-line and toll-free phone line vaccine booking system.

The provincial on-line system does not reflect the current vaccine clinic schedule in Grey Bruce; this may result in errors in appointments being booked.

The provincial phone system defaults to sending clients to the Grey Bruce Health Unit to book appointments. However, the provincial system is not set up to allow the Grey Bruce Health Unit to make appointments and the resulting calls are overwhelming our phone system. Additionally, some callers are being directed to the Simcoe Muskoka 211 Community Connections helpline, which has no information on Grey Bruce. Do not call public health or your healthcare provider for an appointment, even if directed to by the provincial booking operator.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is working with the province to address these issues. Other health units are experiencing similar issues.

Do not call public health or your healthcare provider for an appointment, even if directed to by the provincial booking operator. Once technical issues have been resolved, appointments can be made on-line to https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine or through the provincial toll free number 1-888-999-6488.

Beginning Monday, March 15, those turning 80 this year or older, born 1941 or earlier, will be able to make appointments through the provincial on-line booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations. For those without access to the internet, a toll-free 1-833 number will be release by the province at the same time to manage appointments via telephone.

You don’t need a doctor but you must be in the 80 or older age category. If you are not in this age range, please wait your turn. Appointment availability is based on the prioritization framework from the Province of Ontario. Only call or go online when your age group or specific eligibility is announced. The system will automatically decline the request if it does not meet eligibility requirements.

The number of clinics is based on the supply of vaccine. Initially, the three Hockey Hub mass immunization centres and several smaller community-based clinics will be available to book your appointment based on the availability of the vaccine. More sites will be added to the booking system as larger shipments of vaccine arrive.

Do not call public health or your healthcare provider for an appointment. Appointments can only be made by going online or by calling the toll free number. The booking website and phone number will be available as of Monday March 15. Please keep an eye out to announcements for this website and number. 

 


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