The pros and cons of online booking portals for COVID-19 vaccines once mass immunization begins – CBC

Experts say there’s a risk that vaccine booking systems might shut out some vulnerable people who need access

Feb 21, 2021

Most provinces and territories will be using online portals to sign Canadians up for COVID-19 vaccinations as they become more widely available next month, according to a survey by CBC News.

Every province that has shared their plans will use some online sign-up, as will Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The option to book by phone will be available across Canada, and Nunavut is scheduling vaccination appointments strictly by phone.

While vaccinations started back in December 2020, what’s soon changing is the pace and distribution list — from targetted high-risk groups like seniors in long-term care, to the general population, starting with the oldest first in many jurisdictions.

“That is absolutely what we need to be doing,” said epidemiologist Kirsten Fiest, the Director of Research & Innovation in Critical Care Medicine and an assistant professor at the University of Calgary.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/pros-cons-covid-19-vaccine-online-booking-portals-1.5920295

NationTalk Partners & Sponsors Learn More