Ontarians say 2nd-dose vaccine bookings a ‘mess’ as they wait in hours long virtual lines

As Ontario opened second-dose COVID-19 vaccination bookings Monday, many faced difficulties finding appointments and social media was flooded with complaints about the process being a “mess” and comparable to the Hunger Games.

Many faced hours long waits in a virtual queue only to be told no appointments were available in their area. Others complained they simply could not reschedule their second dose for an earlier date.

Along with long waits, many said appointments close to where they live were nearly impossible to find.  Some were even booted out of the system and had to start again at the back of the queue.

As of Monday, those who got their first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine became eligible to book their second shot after eight weeks, instead of the earlier minimum wait time of 12 weeks.

In addition, people who live in regions where the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading and who received their first shot on or before May 9 could make an appointment for their second dose.

However meeting eligibility criteria seemingly did not go hand in hand with appointment availability.

Health Minister Christine Elliott acknowledged the difficulties people were having, but encouraged Ontarians to keep trying to book, saying more appointments should open up later in the day.

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