Eligible vaccine recipients were able to book an appointment two weeks earlier through the provincial COVax system. Drop in appointments are not available in the region. Pop-up clinics are happening in “hot spots” primarily in Toronto, but there are none in the Peterborough region.
Eligibility is a moving target and varies by region, even within the province. Currently Peterborough is working its way through Phase 2 in the provincial eligibility policy, which includes all adults 60 or over, with adults 40 and over eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine administered in local pharmacies. These appointments are for the first shot only. Customers provide contact information and are placed on a waiting list to be contacted when appointments become available. Vaccine supply has been limiting these appointments lately.
Those wishing to be vaccinated through Peterborough Public Health can also receive notification when they become eligible for the vaccine through its “Notify Me” campaign. Residents can sign up with their email address at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/notifyme. They indicate the eligibility group of interest and will be contacted when local clinics and healthcare providers are ready to serve that group and provided with instructions for booking an appointment.
Almost all of residents 70 years and older in the PPH jurisdiction have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and as of April 23rd almost 35% of the eligible population in the area have received at least one dose of the vaccine. May is expected to be a big month across the country for vaccine deliveries. Bring them on! KG