May 28, 2021
By Christine Ross
A Toronto geriatrician says there’s no real plan to assist older residents book their second COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Dr. Nathan Stall says it’s cruel to make seniors play “Vaccine Hunger Games 2.0” and is recommending appointments be automatically booked.
“Just because they’ve been made eligible for second doses doesn’t mean they’ll actually be able to receive them, so they’ve neither reserved doses for these older adults for a second shot nor have they guaranteed them bookings,” commented Dr. Stall.
Stall adds transportation assistance should be provided to seniors when getting their vaccines.
But Health Minister Christine Elliott maintains seniors had no trouble booking their first dose, and likely won’t now.
“We didn’t have a problem with people 80+ getting their first doses organized and we’re sure that their second doses won’t be problem either,” said Elliott. “There are many ways they can obtain a second shot appointment, through pharmacies, through primary care practitioners, through the online booking tool, through the phone line.”