Mass vaccination clinics ending, appointments must be moved up

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By Nick Seebruch
Mass vaccination clinics ending, appointments must be moved up
Vaccine clinic set up at Cornwall Square. Barb Cullen is pictured here getting her shot.

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has announced that it will no longer hold mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics after Aug. 27 and that anyone with an appointment at a mass vaccination clinic after that date will have to move their appointment up.

“Thanks to ample vaccine supply and accelerated second dose appointments for all individuals aged 12 years and older, there will no longer be a need for mass clinics beyond Aug. 27,” reads a statement from the EOHU. “Mass clinics scheduled on or after Aug. 28 will be cancelled. Individuals booked for a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass clinic on or after August 28th must re-book to an earlier date, on or prior to Aug. 27, 2021.”

The EOHU estimates that there are around 16,000 individuals in the region who will need to re-book their appointments. Vaccination appointments can be re-booked on the provincial vaccination website

Those who need assistance with the online booking system are asked to call 1-833-943-3900; for other COVID-19 vaccination related questions please call 1-888-999-6488.

Those who have received the Pfizer or Moderna versions of the vaccine for their first dose must wait a minimum of 28 days before receiving their second dose; those who received the AstraZeneca version must wait eight days. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has stated that it is safe to mix vaccine versions.

As of Thursday, July 15 the EOHU has administered 230,645 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The EOHU is accepting walk-ins for two upcoming mass vaccination clinics held on the following days and at the following locations:

  • Saturday July 17, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Cornwall Benson Centre. No walk-ins from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday July 18, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Casselman JR Brisson Arena. No walk-ins from noon to 1 p.m.
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