Region of Waterloo reopens online COVID-19 vaccine reservation system

The Region of Waterloo is reopening its online COVID-19 vaccine reservation system on Saturday.

“An appointment-based approach will make it easier for the Region of Waterloo to prioritize the administration of the first and second doses for children, while the administration of the third dose booster vaccines that have been approved in Ontario for eligible people,” Vickie Murray, who leads the region’s vaccine distribution task force, told reporters Friday morning.

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Going forward, anyone who needs a second or third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will need an appointment, although those who haven’t yet had a dose can still come in.

“We will continue to welcome anyone who needs a first dose of vaccine as a walk-in person at the Pine Bush and Boardwalk vaccination clinics anytime, any day we are open” , Murray said.

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The region has a list of those eligible for a third dose on its website.

Although Murray says this decision is made in part to help prepare for the day when children under 12 can be vaccinated, there is no pre-registration until approvals are in place.

“It’s a two-step endorsement in my mind,” Murray said.

“You know, first we need to see this approval from Health Canada, and then we need to hear from the Province of Ontario that we are ready to start vaccinating these children.”

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She said the system would then open appointments to children.

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“But we wanted them to be pre-built,” Murray said. “We wanted the system to be ready for action so that we could react quickly when this situation becomes available.”

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