Local health unit announced late Monday afternoon that residents 18 years of age and older will be able to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments starting Tuesday at 8 am by visiting the provincial registration portal at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Last week, residents 40 years of age and older began registering for appointments throughout the province.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is asking residents to have patience as no new appointments were available for local residents on Monday afternoon. The health unit stated in a media release that “being eligible to book does not guarantee that an appointment will be available right away.” Some users took to the health unit’s social media accounts to share their frustration for the lack of local appointments in the region. A user stated that they managed to book themselves an appointment in Napanee while others had no luck in the nearby areas.
Health unit is also asking residents to continue to keep an eye on the provincial booking portal as new dates will be added frequently. Residents who are eligible, and have not received their first dose can also register on the health unit’s standby list, if they are unable to access an appointment. The standby list was recently introduced after the health unit received backlash for not having a standard process in place when it came to administering left over doses. A source told QuinteRegion.ca that it was up to the clinic leads who filled last minute spots by calling anyone eligible. This process was inconsistent and unfair to those waiting to get an appointment by calling the provincial booking line or visiting the provincial portal.