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Huron Perth Public Health COVID-19 vaccine booking system closed until Friday

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HURON-PERTH – Less than 24 hours after opening their online and phone appointment booking systems for the COVID-19 vaccine, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) announced Thursday that they have reached capacity for adults 80 and older as well as Indigenous adults 55 and older.

Both the online and phone appointment booking systems have closed for the time being. They will reopen on Friday, March 5 at 9 a.m. once more clinic dates have been added.

HPPH asks that those trying to book an appoint wait until the booking system reopens on Friday.

“Please do not call your primary care provider or pharmacy for further information. Appointments are being booked through HPPH,” stated the health unit in a media release.

Since the booking system opened on March 3 at 2:30 p.m., HPPH has booked 3,500 appointments.

“Demand was expected to be high for these first public appointments and HPPH appreciates the enthusiasm of those eager to receive a COVID-19 vaccination,” HPPH officials stated. “More clinics will be available.”

At this time, COVID-19 vaccinations are only available to eligible groups. HPPH says eligible health care workers and those connected to long-term care, retirement homes and other congregate settings will be contacted directly by a facility or through your employer.

“There will be enough vaccine for everyone. Anyone who wants to be vaccinated will have an opportunity to be vaccinated,” stressed HPPH in the media release.

The health unit also stressed that one you are eligible for the vaccine, you are always eligible; you will not miss your chance to be vaccinated as there will be more opportunities.

More information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Huron-Perth can be found at www.hpph.ca/vaccine