The Northwestern Health Unit still has a number of COVID-19 vaccination appointments available before the end of March.
Those born in or before 1946, health care providers (if not vaccinated in their workplace), Indigenous adults, including Metis individuals, and adult home care recipients are currently able to book their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
Currently, populations that are eligible for a vaccine, but not aged 75-year-old and older, must complete the Northwestern Health Unit's survey. The information is sent to the Ministry of Health, daily, and those eligible will receive further information about booking appointments. Additionally, First Nations and Metis people are able to book their appointments through their local Indigenous health care provider or health access centre.
Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit, Dr. Kit Young Hoon says anyone that has an appointment in April can use the method they used to book their original appointment to see if an earlier appointment is available and stressed at this time pharmacy's in the region will not be administering the COVID-19 vaccination.
The fact that there are still open vaccination slots is worrying to some, but Dr. Young Hoon says the health unit believes that this is due to issues with the provincial booking system.
"Our general sense of this issue is that is mainly caused by how the booking system works. We are trying to sort out the issues causing this problem and manage them and to adapt the system and change the system so this is less likely to happen in the future," noted Dr. Young Hoon.
She adds some in some cases the email invitation to book an appointment is going to the recipient's spam or junk mail folder and encourages those who are waiting to hear from the health unit to check those folders.
As of March 24, 2021, 6,782 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the region.