No more walk-in appointments for COVID-19 booster shots at Ottawa’s community clinics

You can no longer walk to a community vaccination clinic in the city of Ottawa to get the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ottawa Public Health says residents must now make an appointment to receive a booster dose at the community clinics, “due to increased queues” at the clinics.

On Thursday, there were long lines at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the University of Ottawa’s Minto Sports Complex. One person told CTV News Ottawa that they arrived at 10:20 a.m. for their appointment but didn’t get their chance until after noon

Ottawa Public Health says the clinic in uOttawa has seen an increase in booster injection drop-ins this week.

“The provincial announcement (Wednesday) urging eligible people in Ontario to book their third dose appointments led to an increase in drop-in appointments at the University of Ottawa clinic,” OPH said in a statement to CTV News. Ottawa.

“We are prioritizing appointments and have very limited drop-in capacity as we are fully booked for that clinic, which is staffed to our scheduled capacity.”

Ottawa Public Health says drop-in appointments are still available for first and second doses at Ottawa’s vaccination clinics.

We are very grateful for the continued interest in obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine and we are working hard to increase capacity as soon as possible.

— Ottawa Health (@OttawaHealth)
December 16, 2021

Starting Monday, Ottawa residents 50 and older can now make an appointment for a third injection at community clinics and pharmacies. Beginning Monday, December 20, all Ottawa residents age 18 and older will be eligible for a booster shot, 84 days after their second dose.

Appointments can be made through the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900, and through select pharmacies and primary care facilities.