APRIL 07, 2021 – InQuinte
People aged 60 and older in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties can now start booking appointments for the COVID-19 vaccination through the Ontario online portal and the vaccine booking line.
The local health unit announced booking is now available at ontario.ca/bookvaccine or if you are unable to book online, at 1-833-943-3900. The Booking Line is available 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Monday-Sunday.
Individuals who do not have a photo ID health card will be required to book by phone. Appointments are available throughout the community, and all available vaccine appointment spots are posted on Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.
Even if you pre-registered with HPEPH to be notified when you became eligible, you still need to book an appointment through the provincial system. You do not need to wait for an email or call from HPEPH if you are eligible based on your age.
If available clinic times are full, please continue to check the website as appointment availability continues to be updated to respond to cancellations or changes in vaccine supply.
Dr Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health for HPEPH said while the health unit is very encouraged to be able to expand eligibility to those over age 60, people must still remain vigilant until everyone is able to receive two doses of vaccine.
“The best way to protect yourself and those around you is to take advantage of the earliest possible opportunity to be vaccinated – either through a pharmacy, or through one of our clinics,” he stated.
Individuals aged 55 and older are also eligible for vaccination opportunities at local pharmacies, which may offer appointments earlier than those available through HPEPH clinics.
HPEPH is also gathering pre-registration information for those who will be eligible for a vaccine in Phase 2 of the province’s roll out plan. In addition, any individuals eligible through Phase 1 can continue to pre-register for a first dose appointment.
Those eligible as a Phase 2 Essential Worker will be required to provide proof of employment at the time of their vaccination appointment. This could include an employee ID, pay stub, or T4.
Individuals who qualify as listed above are encouraged to pre-register to receive an invitation to book once you become eligible. At this time, it is anticipated that invitations will begin to be offered in late spring/early summer (First Group) and in mid summer (Second Group).
People are asked to pre-register online, and information will be submitted to the Ministry of Health when your group becomes eligible to book.
Contact information for individuals currently eligible in HPEPH is submitted to the Ministry of Health on a rolling basis. You will then receive a direct invitation from the Ministry of Health with instructions on how to book your appointment. Pre-registration forms may also be used to fill last minute clinic vacancies, if needed.