To meet the growing demand of COVID-19 vaccines in areas under the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, health officials confirm that three new clinics will be openning next week.
According to the EOHU, over 3,200 additional appointments will be made available through these clinics.
“While appointment may be limited at time, we ask the public to please be patient, and to check the provincial booking system regularly for new appointment availabilities,” the EOHU said in a statement Thursday. “More appointments will be added as vaccine supply is confirmed.”
Information of the upcoming new clinics are as follows:
- Sunday, June 13 in Casselman
- Monday, June 14 in Cornwall
- Wednesday, June 16 in Rockland
Appointments for all three clinics are now available directly through the provincial booking system.
The increase in demand also means the health unit will adapting the process of its standby list.
The previous standby list registration tool is closing on June 11 and will be replaced with a daily email submission system.
Individuals who registered using the previous system will not be contacted to receive extra doses.
"COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the EOHU region are operation efficientlyand ethically to ensure that vaccine wastage is minimized," the EOHU said. "All vaccine doses at each site are planned for and allocated. Should doses remain at the end of a clinic due to missed or cancelleda appointments, individuals on the standby list for that clinic day could be called in to receive the extra doses to avoid vaccine waste at local clinics."
Individuals aged 12 or older who are currently eligible to receive their first or second dose and who can get the to the clinic location within 40 minutes of receiving a call are invited to submit their information by email on select days to be on the standby list should the clinic end up with excess vaccines at the end of the day.