Mar 23, 2021
By Jane Brown
COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered in a variety of ways; at mass vaccination clinics, hospital clinics, some doctors offices and pharmacies.
Across the province, those 75 and older are eligible to book an appointment. And as of Tuesday, in York Region, people 70 and older may book a shot. Click here to register.
But the pharmacy option may be more attractive, especially since vaccines at drugstores are being offered to those 60 and older.
Dean Miller is president and CEO of Whole Health Pharmacy. He told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, there is definitely a strategy to book an appointment.
“If you’ve got a favourite pharmacy, I would definitely talk to the pharmacist or pharmacy staff and just see when is the best time to line-up or pop in and you may indeed get one, or you’ll just have to wait minimal time until they can accommodate you.”
It’s the AstraZeneca vaccine that is being offered at a growing number of pharmacies and doctors’ offices.
There is some added hesitancy around the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in part because of now debunked links between the vaccine and blood clots.
Ontario’s health minister Christine Elliott says she would take an AstraZeneca shot on camera to encourage others to get it.
“If I can convince one other person to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine and that helps protect them and their health and safety and that of their families, I’m more than happy to do that,” Elliott told reporters on Monday.
Last week, Quebec’s health minister was publicly vaccinated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.