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Grey-Bruce one of six health units giving provincial vaccine booking system a trial run

GREY-BRUCE – The Grey Bruce Health Unit announced this week that it will be one of six health units the Ontario government is using to soft-launch the online booking portal for COVID-19 mass immunization clinics.

The pilot for the online booking portal will provide the opportunity to try components of the system before the full launch. It will also help to identify changes that may be required to improve the experience and address any concerns that arise, and to share lessons learned with all public health units to prepare them to use the new system

The trial is not open to the general public. A small group of individuals aged 80-plus and health-care workers, who already had appointments booked, are being asked to participate. Being part of the trial will not speed up the process of getting vaccinated.

When operational for public use, expected March 15, the booking system will allow for quick and easy access for making local appointments to vaccine clinics. This will simplify and speed up the booking process, enabling more clients to be vaccinated in a shorter time and simplify operations for those providing the vaccination clinics.

“As we receive the large volumes of vaccine anticipated in late March and April, I believe our main challenge will be in keeping up with putting vaccines in arms,” said Dr. Ian Arra, medical officer of health for Grey-Bruce. “The provincial booking system, in combination with the ‘hockey hub’ mass immunization clinics, will be the key to success in addressing this challenge.”