Provincial vaccine booking system rollout now working

·2 min read

GREY-BRUCE – The Grey Bruce Health Unit website now has a link to the province’s COVID-19 vaccine booking system.

Problems with that booking system on March 15 have been resolved.

Anyone turning 80 this year or older, will be able to make appointments through the system. Click the link, visit https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call 1-888-999-6488.

Don’t call the health unit or a health care provider to book an appointment, even if you’re directed to do so by the provincial booking operator – that was the problem on Monday. The provincial system’s default was to send clients to the Grey Bruce Health Unit to book appointments, but the system wasn’t set up to allow this. Some callers were being directed to the Simcoe Muskoka 211 Community Connections helpline, which has no information on Grey-Bruce. Other health units were experiencing similar problems. The issues have been corrected, according to the local health unit’s website.

Numbers in Grey-Bruce continue to be good, between the 0-4 new cases per day noted by Dr. Ian Arra, medical officer of health.

As of Tuesday morning, there had been two new cases in Grey-Bruce in the previous 24 hours, one in Southgate and one in Kincardine.

The 729 cases to date include seven variants of concern – one the Brazil variant and six the South African variant.

There are 16 active cases, five involving the variants.

One person is hospitalized with COVID and there have been two deaths.

Brucelea Haven remains in outbreak but there are no outbreaks in schools or daycares. Public Health has been working with the Bluewater District School Board regarding a person with COVID-19 who is associated with Highpoint Community School in Southgate. However, there is strong evidence transmission occurred outside the school.

The number of vaccines administered in the region to date is 15,098.

Those receiving vaccine will note that the time between the first and second doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines has been extended to 16 weeks, as per direction from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. This will allow more people to get their first dose of vaccine. There’ll be no change for long-term care residents and First Nations communities.

Those booking appointments online can book both first and second doses at the same time. Those who already have been given their first dose will receive notice of the second dose in the same way they did for the first dose.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times