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Some Residents Frustrated After Being Unable To Book Vaccination Appointments Locally

UPDATE: The glitch appears to have been fixed late Tuesday afternoon. Some residents report they are now able to book in Lindsay.

KAWARTHA LAKES-A number of local residents expressed frustration today after not being able to book appointments for Coronavirus vaccinations and the local clinics.

“Very frustrating today. Trying to book vaccine appointment.” a reader told Kawartha 411 News in an email. “Once you give all info etc you are directed to sites out of our district. We were directed to Whitby, Orillia and Norwood.”

Others expressed the same concerns on Facebook.

“Well, tried for hours to either phone or book vaccine by website, neither worked, friends report waiting on the phone for 3 hours ! No appointments available in Lindsay, kept trying to send me to Whitby or Durham.” said one woman.


Some questioned the availability of vaccines and said no one answered the phone at the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit when they called to find out the reason.

Officials at Ross Memorial Hospital, who are responsible for the mass immunization clinics locally, told Kawartha 411 a glitch in the provincial booking system was the cause of the problem.

“We understand there is a problem with the provincial booking site today and that for some reason the LEX clinic is not offered as an option.”   Tamra Fierheller, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO / Chief Financial Officer / Board of Governors told Kawartha 411 News. “Individuals with the MOH are working to resolve the issue ASAP, if it has not already been corrected.”

Fierheller says almost 1,000 people aged 80 plus were vaccinated on Thursday and Friday at the clinic.

“The vaccination clinic at the LEX has the capacity to vaccinate 500 individuals a day, but the number of appointments available each day is based on the number of vaccines allocated locally each week.”

If you are aged 75 or older in 2021 you can book your vaccine here: http://www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine


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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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