A London pharmacist says his phone is ringing off the hook and his wait list has swollen to more than 1,000 people as surging local demand for the AstraZeneca?COVID-19 vaccine far outstrips supply.
“At my location we have 190 doses left and within three days of coming onlineOrganized gatherings, I’ve had 1,000 people apply for my wait list,” said Victor Boran, the owner and pharmacist at?Bellwood Pharmacy on Oxford Street East at Gammage Street.?
This week the Ontario government began to offer the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine to people age 40 and over through local pharmacies. It’s alsoThe past seven days there have been a total of 221 new reported deaths?available at some primary care settings.?
While the expanded program is welcome newss Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, said she, being eligible for the initial vaccination and actually getting the shot are two very different things. In London, some forty-somethings complained they were unable to book an appointment as they added their names to wait lists on pharmacy websites. Some have been able to book an appointment in London, but clearly others will have to click and wait a bit longer.