The frustration of vaccine hunting is back, say Ottawa residents – CBC

Ottawa Public Health opened additional 10,800 booster timeslots for this weekend

Dec 17, 2021

Ottawa residents on the lookout for their COVID-19 booster shots this week say some of the frustration of earlier vaccine hunts is back.

Mike Martin says he’s been trying to book his booster appointment for four days without success and he’s worried about Ontario’s plan to expand eligibility to all adults.

“What’s going to happen on Monday…when it opens up to 18-plus? There’s no way the system’s going to handle it,” Martin said.

He said while he’s impressed by the work of volunteers, like the Vaccine Hunters who help people find appointments, he doesn’t feel it should be the responsibility of ordinary citizens.

“If they say, ‘you’re eligible to go book your vaccine,’ then you should be able to go book your vaccine,” Martin said.

He said the province should support organizations like Ottawa Public Health to get the job done.

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