The second day of mass COVID-19 vaccinations in Montreal saw fewer lineups and shorter wait times than the first day, but those trying to make an appointment say there are still problems.
Dorval lawyer Phil Schneider said he has been trying to book an appointment for his vaccination for days. On Tuesday morning his daughter tried again to book online via the government’s website. He said there was an opening — at first.
“She started typing and then suddenly it was no longer available after she completed the answers.”
Then, as a Global News reporter watched, Schneider tried his luck by calling again. The person who answered began by taking his personal information, but then informed him that up there were no slots available for March or April.
“They should have spaces prepared in advance for March, April and May,” the 69-year-old insisted. He turns 70 in ten days.
“People finally have something positive going on and they would like to be able to get the injection, get the vaccine,” he told Global News.
According to health officials, they are still working out the kinks. They point out that the number of appointments made available depends on the number of vaccine shipments they get from the federal government.
“When they confirm the shipment then we open up more space for appointments,” said Francine Dupuis, West-Central Regional Health Board deputy chairperson and CEO.
Provincial health minister Christian Dubé said the government might be able to open up some appointments soon.
After a rough start Monday, physical vaccination sites like Decarie Square were running smoothly on Tuesday, with almost no lines and very short wait times, according to regional health officials. Dupuis said they are managing to work out problems and people are being asked to show up just in time for their appointment, instead of arriving early and creating lineups.
While Schneider is hoping he can get an appointment soon, he doesn’t want to spend his time calling daily hoping something opens up.View link »